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    Filed at 7:13 am under by dcobranchi

    The WaPo reports today on an increasing number of red (i.e., Republican) states that are considering rejecting federal education dollars in order to escape the strictures of NCLB.

    By a vote of 98 to 1, the House passed a resolution calling on Congress to exempt states like Virginia from the program’s requirements.

    The resolution is toothless but a vote of 98-1 in a Republican-controlled body is pretty significant. The law is in serious trouble.

    4 Responses to “NCLB- SLIP SLIDING AWAY?”

    Comment by
    January 24th, 2004
    at 7:52 am

    This is wonderful. I wish Tennessee would do the same. We’ve had standards and goals in place for years.

    Comment by
    Miller Smith
    January 24th, 2004
    at 5:59 pm

    THe NCLB law had really nothing to do with education. It had several reasons for its existence: the devolution of government, making liberals and Democrats look bad in the area of government they ‘own,’ getting liberals and Democrats to recognize ‘states rights,’ and to challenge the teacher’s unions and make them look weak and stupid by holding them to their own mission statements they have pumped out for decades that contain flowery language but little compulsion to live up to that language.

    Comment by
    Judy Aron
    January 24th, 2004
    at 6:22 pm

    There are a few towns in CT that have opted out of NCLB – Somers and Cheshire to name two – I also understand there are several towns in VT who have done the same – I think you will start to see an exodus from participation ad the stakes rise and schools can’t afford the outcomes


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    January 26th, 2004
    at 2:56 pm

    “It’s the first time I’ve seen schools do this. Normally you take every penny you can get,” said Patty Sullivan of the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C.

    …..and don’t have any accountability for those dollars. It’s just like the “workfare” programs – if it’s not “free” anymore, they just aren’t interesting in working for it. I noticed most of the systems in the piece were turning down small amounts of money, $100K or less. That’s certainly not going to break the system in “relatively affluent towns”. I have to wonder what these systems were spending in administration fees (federal paperwork) to acquire that money before.

    Locally, the g-school central office had about 50 employees – half of them were administrative assistants (secretaries) to the other half. That’s a whole school faculty folks!