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  • Obama's pick for Education focuses on states' role

    02/25/2016 3:32:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2016 5:48 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    President Barack Obama's nominee for Education Secretary told senators Thursday that the focus of decision-making on elementary and secondary education is "rightly shifting" to the states and away from the federal government. John B. King Jr. is poised to oversee the Education Department as it is losing some of its authority. A bipartisan education law passed by Congress and signed by Obama in December revamps the widely criticized No Child Left Behind Act, and substantially limits some of the federal government's influence ushered in by that 2002 law. The new law bars the Education Department from telling states and local...
  • Ding, Dong, No Child Left Behind is Dead…Or is It?

    01/07/2016 9:41:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2016 | Neal McCluskey
    2015 came to a close with something many people thought they'd never see: The end of the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal education law that no one seemed to like, but that was long overdue for replacement because no one could agree on how to change it. Finally Congress and the Obama administration did agree, and to the delight of many conservatives NCLB was replaced with the Ensuring Student Success Act, a statute that appears to end federal micromanagement. Or does it? While the law says a lot that seems to rein Washington in, it leaves open several...
  • Time to Leave "No Child" Behind

    12/01/2015 1:26:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama's Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government's authority over the nation's public schools? And why is the new Speaker, Paul Ryan, rushing a 1,059-page bill to a floor vote only two days after the text was released on Nov. 30? Fourteen years ago, while the nation was distracted by the 9/11 attacks and the start of the war in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush was determined to enact "No Child Left Behind" to fulfill his father's pledge to be the "education president." In order...
  • Obama threatens to veto GOP education reform bill

    02/25/2015 6:37:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama would veto the House Republican plan to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law, his administration said Wednesday. The GOP plan, known as the Student Success Act, “represents a significant step backwards in the efforts to help all of the nation's children and their families prepare for their futures,” said the Office of Management and Budget in a statement of administration policy. The bill “abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America's students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners and students of...
  • Senators grapple with how much students should be tested

    01/21/2015 11:35:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2015 2:30 PM EST | Kimberly Hefling
    The federal mandate to test U.S. school kids annually was at the center of a Senate panel’s work on Wednesday to fix the long outdated No Child Left Behind education law. […] Many educators and parents have complained that the law led to teaching to the test and too much test preparation, but supporters of the mandate such as civil rights and business groups said it’s a critical way to ensure that historically underserved groups of students are learning before it’s too late to help them. […] Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

    12/01/2014 11:22:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2014 11:43 AM EST | Kimberly Hefling
    The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next year. Doing so will require bipartisanship that’s been elusive since the law, primarily designed to help minority and poor children, came up for renewal in 2007. …
  • Oklahoma’s education waiver reinstated

    11/24/2014 5:21:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 6:12 PM EST | Tim Talley
    The federal government has restored Oklahoma’s flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding, state officials said Monday. The U.S. Department of Education had withdrawn Oklahoma’s waiver from portions of the No Child Left Behind Act in August, after legislators dropped Common Core guidelines that would have been in place for the current school year. Replacement guidelines—the ones in place before Common Core—weren’t certified until October as being capable of making high school graduates ready for college or the workplace. …
  • Dr. Duke Pesta - Common Core - Manufacturing Compliant Drones

    06/29/2014 8:22:40 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 6 replies
    The Mind Renewed ^ | June 27, 2014 | Julian Charles and Dr. Duke Pesta
    Everyone believes in "standards" don't they? So what could possibly be wrong with "Common Core" (the US education system's "Common Core State Standards Initiative")? After all, is it not "a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English... created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live"?* Not according to Dr. Duke Pesta, professor of English at The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, who joins us for an extended and detailed interview on the genesis, content and ideology of Common Core...
  • Obama: The US never leaves a man behind

    06/03/2014 7:53:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama may be in Warsaw as part of a European tour, but in a real sense he’s stuck in Washington. At a joint press conference after a state meeting in Poland, Obama got questioned about the deal that exchanged Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban detainees, including two wanted by the UN for crimes against humanity. Obama mainly avoided discussing the detainees, although he insisted that he was “confident” that the US could prevent them from being a threat to American security in the future.Instead, Obama defended the action by focusing on Bergdahl, perhaps learning a lesson from...
  • Indiana Faces Consequences From Federal Government For Exiting Common Core

    05/07/2014 5:33:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    heritage ^ | may 6, 2014 | brittany corona
    On Friday, the U. S. Department of Education sent a letter to Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, threatening to revoke the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind – because Indiana exited the Common Core national standards last month. The letter states: “IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) met ED (Department of Education) requirements in its approved ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act/[No Child Left Behind]) flexibility request through the 2013-14 school year by adopting and implementing standards common to a significant number of States. Because the IDOE will no longer implement those standards, IDOE must amend its ESEA flexibility request and...
  • Peter King: Court Jester

    10/12/2013 6:04:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 85 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 10/12/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Recently, Peter King, the court jester of the House of Representatives, had this to say to PMSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about Tea Party heroes Rand Paul and Ted Cruz: *** "I'm really more concerned about why more Republicans around the country didn't join me in denouncing Ted Cruz. We now have people on the sidelines coming forward who we have to take a stand here. We cannot allow our party to be taken over by the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. I mean, these are people, isolationists, I consider them RINOs, because they don't represent traditional Republican principles. Ted...
  • GOP yet to schedule No Child Left Behind vote

    07/16/2013 10:33:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2013 7:18 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    A Republican rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law seems to be losing momentum as conservatives in the party don't think the bill does enough to reduce Washington’s influence and moderates warily eye proposals that would expand charter schools’ role. The sweeping education law’s update was the latest example of fractured Republicans in the House, where the party has a majority but often stumbles over internal disagreements. Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday visited a Washington public charter school and pledged his support for such programs that compete with traditional public schools for students and dollars. The Virginia...
  • No Child Left Behind Faces Long-Awaited Legislative Overhaul

    06/08/2013 4:07:16 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 3 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    Three Congressional bills have been introduced to alter No Child Left Behind as the 2014 proficiency deadline approaches. Newsmax reported on June 7 that “House Education Committee Chairman John Kline introduced a bill Thursday that would gut the decade-old No Child Left Behind law, returning power to the states to craft their own curriculums without strings attached to qualify for federal school funds” (emphasis added). However, so many states have been granted waivers on No Child Left Behind that the law has been essentially gutted already. Currently, 37 states and the District of Columbia have received waivers which exempt them...
  • Behind Race-Based Education Goals

    11/21/2012 7:04:29 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 6 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | November 21, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A number of states have decided to separate their education achievement goals by race as part of their No Child Left Behind waivers. The question remains whether this move marks a “realistic” approach to education, or a major step backward for education fueled by lowered expectations for racial groups. “I put the question of states adjusting expectations based on a student’s ethnicity to Carla O’Connor, an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan,” writes Emily Richmond for The Atlantic. “O’Connor, who specializes in African-American student achievement and urban education, said the new sliding bar for...
  • No Child Left Behind Waivers Take States by Storm

    10/19/2012 2:58:38 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 10 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | October 19, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Nationwide states are taking a different road for No Child Left Behind, with 34 states now having applied for or been granted NCLB waivers by the Obama Administration. In particular, Florida has come under fire for its publicized race-based education goals. As the New York Times notes, only eight of 34 states may have avoided this waiver provision. According to Lizette Alvarez, reporting for the Times, “Florida is one of several states required to cut its achievement gap in half for all students by 2018, including those who are black, Hispanic, white, Asian, low-income, disabled or speak English as a...
  • The 113th Congress Will Decide Nation’s Fiscal Future, Not the President

    10/19/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2012 | Julie Barowsky
    Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t the first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee for most limited government activists. Some have reluctantly warmed to Romney in recent months because they find him preferable to Obama. Other liberty lovers, particularly those within the Ron Paul-inspired Liberty Movement, refuse to throw their support behind Romney or Obama. Regardless of whether a liberty-minded president is an option on the big ticket, the outcomes of the congressional races are far more important, as Congress will truly determine the fiscal policies coming out of Washington. If we really want to put an end to reckless spending,...
  • 7 of 10 O.C. schools fail to hit federal standards

    10/11/2012 11:09:00 AM PDT · by edcoil · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 10-10-12 | edcoil
    Only 29 percent of Orange County's public schools met the 2012 federal No Child Left Behind testing targets, according to figures released Thursday. "I would not say 71 percent of our schools are failing," county Superintendent Al Mijares said.
  • Friends of Obama Allowed to Opt Out

    06/04/2012 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    Emigrant Bank was recently identified to receive a waiver that would allow the bank to opt out of rigorous Dodd-Frank requirements. These of course are the same new rules and regulations that Barack deems essential to the nation. Yet when the bank’s owner, Howard Milstein, who is a close friend and was a bundler for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, protested that the new rules would seriously crimp operations of his bank, the Obama Administration worked with members of congress to grant him a waiver from the new rules. Other financial institutions and banks have consistently and vehemently argued that...
  • State reworking bid to exit federal education mandates (WI)

    05/15/2012 6:15:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-14-12 | Erin Richards
    Wisconsin is reworking its application for relief from certain elements of a 10-year-old federal education law, based on feedback received from the U.S. Department of Education last month that outlined where the state's application was light on details. A letter from April 17 indicates the state needs a better plan for transitioning to college- and career-ready standards in its schools, and for implementing teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. Wisconsin's plan also needs ambitious yearly objectives for schools and better criteria for recognizing progress over time in persistently low-performing schools. State officials on Monday said the cycle of feedback...
  • 10 States Given Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law [Ted Kennedy's Law Fails]

    02/09/2012 9:17:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | February 10, 2012 (sic) | WINNIE HU
    President Obama will waive central provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law for 10 states that have embraced his educational agenda and promised to raise standards, and improve accountability and teacher effectiveness, the White House announced on Thursday morning. The 10 states - the first group to receive the waivers - are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Tennessee. New Mexico was the only state that applied for and did not receive a waiver, but it is working with administration officials to secure approval, the White House said.
  • Obama rolling back Bush-era education law

    09/24/2011 6:43:41 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 31 replies
    ABC ^ | September 23, 2011 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    President Barack Obama is giving states the flexibility to opt out of provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, a move he says is designed to energize schools but Republicans challenge as outside his authority. The law, a Bush-era education initiative passed with bipartisan support, has grown increasingly unpopular as more schools risk being labeled a failure.Under the plan Obama was to outline Friday, states would be allowed to ask the Education Department to be exempted from some of the law's requirements if they meet certain conditions. That includes enacting standards to prepare students for college and careers and...
  • Cheating by California teachers invalidates schools' test scores

    09/19/2011 7:30:43 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 18, 2011 | By Howard Blume
    Twenty-two California schools had their test scores thrown out this year. Nearly half the campuses lost their Academic Performance Index scores because of cheating by teachers. Several others were penalized because of help teachers gave students that violated rules. Additionally, some school scores were rejected because of what appeared to be accidental actions. In most cases, schools or school districts turned themselves in. Because of budget cuts, the state Education Department no longer conducts random audits at schools or scans test booklets for irregularities. The number of schools with invalidated test scores remains relatively small but is edging upward. In...
  • California asks for relief from federal No Child Left Behind law

    08/25/2011 3:43:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/25/11 | Bay Area News Group
    SACRAMENTO -- State schools Chief Tom Torlakson has asked for a reprieve from No Child Left Behind. Torlakson sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Tuesday asking that California be granted a waiver from the law's mandates, California Department Office of Education officials announced today. "Relief is needed immediately before more schools suffer for another school year under inappropriate labels and ineffective intervention," Torlakson said. Schools that don't meet the mandates of No Child Left Behind over multiple years can be closed or have their staff's replaced. Officials at the U.S. Department of Education announced recently that...
  • Thousands Left Behind

    08/23/2011 2:06:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2011 | Marvin Olasky
    Pastor John Piper and others have told the story of 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody visiting Scotland and opening his talk at a local grade school by asking rhetorically, "What is prayer?" To his amazement, hundreds of children's hands went up. Moody called on a boy near the front, who promptly stood up and answered, "Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ, by the help of His Spirit, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies." Moody, recognizing that as the answer to question No. 78 in the Westminster Catechism,...
  • In $32 Million Contract, State Lays Out Some Rules for Its Standardized Tests

    08/13/2011 2:03:43 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 12, 2011 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    Standardized tests in English and math taken by students in New York State are about to become slightly less tricky. Beginning next spring, a new company, Pearson, will write the standardized tests that the Education Department gives to nearly all third through eighth graders. The department switched to Pearson this year after its contract with another company, CTB/McGraw-Hill, expired. The department has advised the new company that catch-all answer choices known for tripping up students, like “none of the above” and “all of the above” and already rare in the state’s tests, are now banned. Mirroring a national trend toward...
  • States rush to leave No Child law behind

    08/10/2011 6:02:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9:40 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    States are rushing for the No Child Left Behind exit door. Within hours of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement Monday that he will grant waivers from federal mandates, several states announced that they would apply for relief. Many others are expressing interest, pending the release of more details next month. Tennessee didn’t wait for Mr. Duncan’s news conference: The state sent its waiver request two weeks ago. The mad dash to escape high-stakes testing and gain more flexibility represents “a sense of desperation” among states, said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “There’s no question...
  • Cheating report confirms teacher's suspicions [Atlanta]

    08/08/2011 2:44:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Paul Frysh
    Julie Rogers-Martin had started to doubt her teaching skills. After 30 years in education, working mostly with underprivileged inner-city students, Rogers-Martin felt she had developed a level of competence and professionalism that can only be gained from hard work and experience. Her superiors at East Lake Elementary School in the Atlanta Public Schools system where she taught for six years seemed to agree. Administrators held her up as a model, praising her classroom management skills and use of technology and showcasing her class to parents and administrators, she says. But between 2007 and 2009 a strange thing started happening: Some...
  • Obama Exempting Schools From Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 2:22:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan is announcing today a system of waivers relieving public schools from federally-mandated reading and math proficiency tests.
  • Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 5:29:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break. The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child Left...
  • Every Issue Except Cheating Taken Up At NEA Convention

    07/25/2011 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 25, 2011 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving. A total of 178 teachers and principals (38 were principals), 82 of whom have already confessed, had fraudulently raised test scores so their schools would meet test targets set by the district and thereby qualify for federal funds. The truth came out after a 10-month inquiry...
  • Teachers at low-performing school will be replaced [Los Angeles!]

    05/11/2011 2:06:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | May 10, 2011 | Staff
    The Los Angeles Unified School District board has agreed to replace at least half the teachers at a low-performing campus. The board approved the plan unanimously Tuesday despite a rally by students who walked out of Huntington Park High School and marched about seven miles to the board meeting in downtown. The students said the major shake-up would disrupt their education.
  • Brawl breaks out in Alabama State's cafeteria

    02/22/2011 3:47:11 PM PST · by ruination · 45 replies
    Alabama's 13 ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | Shannon Delcambre
    A fight broke out on campus at Alabama State University Monday and now a full investigation by ASU's campus police department is underway. The fight involved two groups inside a campus cafeteria. There were no apparent serious injuries. ASU Police are not releasing any specifics because they don't want to jeopardize the investigation. Investigators did say the altercation involved only students. The incident was captured on video, and was posted on You Tube.
  • At what point does merit supersede affirmative action?

    12/25/2010 7:33:22 PM PST · by Gum Shoe · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Red State Zombie ^ | December 25, 2010 | Red State Zombie
    In my childhhood, I always dreamed of being a professional athelete. I played football and baseball in high school. Though I was recruited to play football at a local college, my true love was basketball, a sport I did not play well in high school. I apparently lacked the requisite skills to play that particular sport and was not invited to play on the school basketball team. It really was no fault of my own. In fact, some of the factors that made me good at football and baseball were a hinderance in basketball. I was cursed with short legs...
  • The Testing Mess - The fastest way to “improve” students’ performance: Lower your standards.

    08/05/2010 9:17:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 4, 2010 | Sol Stern
    The Testing MessThe fastest way to “improve” students’ performance: Lower your standards.  The only thing surprising about last week’s revelation that the fraction of New York City students passing the state’s reading and math tests had dropped by an average of 25 percentage points is that anyone was surprised at all. Student pass rates dropped precipitously all across New York State for one reason, and one reason only: State education commissioner David Steiner and Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch decided to make the tests less predictable this year, and to raise the “cut scores” required for students to reach...
  • A Classical Education: Back to the Future

    06/08/2010 7:44:05 AM PDT · by SwotSonOfSitetest · 38 replies · 78+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 7, 2010 | Stanley Fish
    I wore my high school ring for more than 40 years. --SNIP-- I wore the ring (and will wear it again) because although I have degrees from two Ivy league schools and have taught at U.C. Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Duke, Classical High School (in Providence, RI) is the best and most demanding educational institution I have ever been associated with. The name tells the story. When I attended, offerings and requirements included four years of Latin, three years of French, two years of German, physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, English, history, civics, in addition to extra-curricular...
  • Obama’s Doublespeak: Plan To Reform No Child Left Behind "Smoke and Mirrors"

    03/17/2010 9:44:54 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 114+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | March 17, 2010 | Donna Garner
    Donna Garner is a contributor to RFFM.org. Garner resides in central Texas and was an educator for 33 years before her recent retirement. Garner was appointed by President Reagan and re-appointed by President Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education in the late 1980's through the early 1990's. Garner was chosen to serve on the English / Language Arts / Reading (ELAR) writing team for Texas when the TEKS education standards were developed for the public schools (1995-97). Garner was also the lead writer of the Texas Alternative Document (TAD) for ELAR when educators grew concerned about...
  • Obama promise: Brighter education futures for kids

    03/13/2010 6:25:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 724+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 3/13/10 | Dorie Turner - ap
    ATLANTA (AP) -- President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries. A plan to overhaul the 2002 education law championed by President George W. Bush was unveiled by the Obama administration Saturday in hopes of replacing a system that in the last decade has tagged more than a third of schools as failing and created a hodgepodge of sometimes weak academic standards among states. "Unless we take action — unless we...
  • Who's to Blame for Obamacare? Two Republicans (Obama is the ultimate Republicrat legacy)

    12/22/2009 7:29:27 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 215 replies · 4,034+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2009-12-22 | Mark Skousen
    This week the Senate grinches stole Christmas. The Obama Nation is getting Obamacare. It’s easy to blame the sixty Democrats, as the Wall Street Journal does, for "the worse bill ever." It solemnly declares: "These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command--and control regulation." True enough. But what's the root cause of this permanent disaster? Sorry, friends, but it’s not the Democrats, nor the American people who elected them. The real culprits are two Republicans who ran the show the previous eight years: George W. Bush and his "master political strategist" Karl Rove....
  • Court says English-only tests OK in schools

    07/30/2009 8:19:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 497+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/30/9 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California is entitled to administer school achievement tests and high school exit exams in English to all students, including the nearly 1.6 million who speak limited English, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected arguments by bilingual-education groups and nine school districts that English-only exams violate a federal law's requirement that limited-English-speaking students "shall be assessed in a valid and reliable manner." The federal law, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, neither requires nor forbids testing in a student's native language and leaves such decisions largely...
  • Teachers cite intense push to promote

    06/21/2009 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies · 493+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/21/2009 | Kristen A. Graham & Martha Woodall
    The pressure to pass students - even those who rarely go to class or can't read - is pervasive in the Philadelphia School District, teachers around the city say. The push comes in memos, in meetings, and in talks about failure rates that are too high, the teachers say. It comes through mountains of paperwork and justification for failing any student. It comes in ways subtle and overt, according to more than a dozen teachers from nine of the city's 62 high schools. "We have to give fake grades," said a teacher at Mastbaum High in Kensington. "The pressure is...
  • Obama wants to turn around 5,000 failing schools

    05/11/2009 2:33:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 1,351+ views
    President Barack Obama is going after schools that flunk the test. The president intends to use $5 billion to prod local officials into closing failing schools and reopening them with new teachers and principals. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the goal is to turn around 5,000 failing schools in the next five years. That could translate to $1 million for every school targeted for turnaround. The plan is to beef up funding for the federal school turnaround program, created by the No Child Left Behind law, which gets about $500 million a year.
  • Invidious Statistics: How focusing on race can make a solution look like a problem.

    04/29/2009 2:06:12 PM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 311+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 29, 2009 | James Taranto
    Eight years after Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act, American 9- and 13-year-olds are doing measurably better on standardized tests. Good news? Not necessarily. The New York Times report on NCLB carries the headline " 'No Child' Law Is Not Closing a Racial Gap." Fair enough. If the law is helping white kids but doing nothing for blacks, that doesn't seem right. Only that isn't what's happening, as you learn from reading the actual report: The achievement gap between white and minority students has not narrowed in recent years, despite the focus of the No Child Left Behind...
  • Overcoming the Hurdle of Government Legislation in Public School Education

    04/21/2009 8:41:41 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 16 replies · 540+ views
    The Voice Magazine ^ | April 21, 2009 | Mary Ann Lowry
    Truthfully, I’m not writing this article from a political agenda. I’m writing, as one who cares deeply about children and the education profession. I’m writing from a position as an insider. I taught in public schools for 20+ years, served as an adjunct professor in Teacher Education, and now I am an educational consultant. I work with private schools and see parents rushing to transfer their children to our school, as if they are fleeing from some monster. Sadly, teaching according to this legislation seems to place educators in a “social role” of compliance rather than coming into their classrooms...
  • Catholic Education vs. Public: A Study of Public & Private Schools in a Major U.S. City

    02/11/2009 9:44:55 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 374+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | Arlene Sawicki
    Editor's Note: The following column details a comparison between Catholic and public education in Chicago and its collar counties. Sawicki's piece can be seen as a measure of comparison for other big cities in the United States. It is an excellent, but succinct review of America's public education and its waste of tax dollars compared to education in the private sector. Arlene Sawicki of South Barrington, Illinois is a long-time Catholic lay advocate on pro-life, pro-family issues. Mrs. Sawicki is vice-president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer; a co-founder of Vote Life America; member of the Illinois Choose Life License...
  • Catholic Schools vs. Public Schools: A Look at Chicagoland's Educational System

    02/10/2009 6:21:52 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies · 419+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | Arlene Sawicjki
    Editor's Note: The following column details a comparison between Catholic and public education in Chicago and its collar counties. Sawicki's piece can be seen as a measure of comparison for other big cities in the United States. It is an excellent, but succinct review of American public education and its waste of tax dollars compared to the private sector. Arlene Sawicki of South Barrington, Illinois is a long-time Catholic lay advocate on pro-life, pro-family issues. Mrs. Sawicki is vice-president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer; a co-founder of Vote Life America; a member of Citizens for Community Values, Illinois Federation...
  • Schools Led by Obama's Education Secretary Designee Failed No-Child-Left-Behind Standard Every Year

    12/31/2008 2:32:21 AM PST · by Man50D · 24 replies · 1,685+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 31, 2008 | Matt Hadro
    The Chicago Public Schools, whose superintendent, Arne Duncan, has been tapped by President-elect Barack Obama to be the next education secretary, failed to meet the Illinois state standards set under the No Child Left Behind Act every single year the standards have been in force. For the last five school years (2004-2008), the Chicago district (District 299) failed to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) in key areas, according to the district’s progress report on the Illinois State Board of Education Web site. Under the No Child Left Behind Act that Congress passed in 2003, each state must “develop and implement...
  • Bush's Education Policy Bears Fruit

    12/12/2008 6:56:02 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 55 replies · 1,122+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | December 12, 2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Another unsung accomplishment by Bush that the MSM won't tell you about. http://thebulletin.us/articles/2008/12/12/top_stories/doc4941f4f8cbc70008686389.txt
  • Extracurricular Politics (wealthy NEA political agenda & $20 million slush fund - CEO pay)

    11/13/2008 5:28:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 405+ views
    Extracurricular PoliticsAUGUST 5, 2008 Teachers' unions are expert at presenting the interests of their members and of public school students as one and the same. Which is why it's always illuminating to see how the nation's largest teachers' union, the National Education Association, spends its political money. Each year, NEA members pay into a "Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises Fund" that allows the union to spend tens of millions of dollars on all manner of state and national political issues. Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency, a longtime union watchdog, has tracked this fund's spending. In the 2007-08 fiscal year, not...
  • Tragedy Averted

    10/20/2008 5:53:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 899+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 20, 2008
    Health Care: Seven months. That's all it took before Hawaii concluded that the only state universal child medical coverage program in the country is unsustainable. Give officials credit for heading off a disaster.On March 1, the Hawaii Medical Service Association began enrolling children in the state Keiki (child) Care program. The grand plan was to provide medicine for every child between birth and 18 years old who didn't otherwise have coverage. But then parents who could afford coverage began dropping their private plans and placing their children in the program. Gov. Linda Lingle's office, seeing a sure disaster ahead, pulled...