NCLB-LMCB Stats Aren’t Encouraging: Cal Thomas

In a syndicated article by conservative commentator Cal Thomas, he makes the point that No Child Left Behind (leaves many children behind–or LMCB) is wishful thinking. He says after five years, there has been an increase in children who read below the basic level and cannot perform math at a basic proficiency level.

An excerpt from Cal’s column:

 I asked U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings about this. She told me half of the states waited until the 2005-’06 school year to do an annual assessment, but that 70 percent of the nation’s 90,000 public schools “are meeting the requirements of NCLB. But for 1,800, which are chronically year after year failing our kids, something more dramatic has to happen.”
    That “something more” has included local government takeover of some school systems. In New York and Chicago, as well as in the state of Florida, which Mrs. Spellings describes as a “leader” in education improvement, interesting things” are being done. Washington, D.C., is also debating whether government should take over its poorly performing schools. Mrs. Spellings said “the state of affairs” in Washington schools is “not encouraging.”

No matter what your political ideology is, you still have to agree that NCLB is LMCB. It does not take rocket science to figure that out.

E.C. 🙂


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