Spellings is no friend of education (NCAE)

The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.ncae.org/images/newncae.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. US Education Secy. Margaret Spellings is visiting schools in the state this week. She will address the State Board of Education tomorrow, as part of her agenda. It is uncertain whether she will visit any Piedmont area schools, including Guilford County.

But the NCAE wants you to know that she is no friend of education and that most of her visits may be “canned visits.” See this action alert from NCAE:

Dear NCAE Members and Staff:

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Unfortunately, Secretary Spellings has not often met with a variety of “real educators” but instead only with carefully chosen educators who will not speak out strongly or criticize the so-called No Child Left Behind Act.

We need your to help tell the real story about the law. Here’s what we need to you to do:

1.    Check the news each day this week and be on the lookout for news about Secretary Spellings’ visit.
2.    Be ready to respond with facts and your personal experiences that point out the flaws in the No Child Left Behind Act – post your comments to news websites, write to your local paper, etc.
3.    Be sure to mention that the law needs to be changed, how the law overemphasizes high stakes testing and point out the lack of funding.

NCAE President Eddie Davis will issue a news release following Secretary Spellings visit, and we will send that to you as soon as it’s ready.

Thanks, the NCAE Communications Department



   
 

No Child Left Behind is leaving too many of our children behind; I can’t say I totally disagree with the above.

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One Response

  1. Erik,

    There is a simple solution to NCLB, if we really want to do it. GCS can just say “NO” to federal funds. You only have to meet testing guidelines for NCLB if you are taking federal funding. But, we all know that our schools are fatally addicted to federal money, just like a drug addict is addicted to heroin. This is the only control that the federal government has over public schools. Don’t take their money and don’t test. I said the solution was simple, but I didn’t say it was easy. But, with Dr. Innovation gone, perhaps we could return to actually educating students, and not chase the federal funds for programs that don’t work. Truth be told, those federal funds don’t really improve the learning process at all, they are just a distraction. It allows the school administration to appear to be in action, without actually moving.

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