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Educators and No Child Left Behind: It’s time to speak up for students

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by Brian Washington

We know that all students deserve great public schools, and we know that sometimes Congress needs a little push from us to do the right thing.

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After several failed attempts, Congress once again has the opportunity to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and we need to make sure they hear directly from educators about the appropriate supports and policies needed so that all students are provided an education that allows them to thrive in the 21st Century. This summer, we have the responsibility and opportunity to help Congress do just that.

Here is your chance to take the first step in helping protect our public schools. In the next 30 seconds, you can guarantee your voice will be heard.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to have a critical moment in the fight over ESEA to determine the appropriate federal role in education while still ensuring equity for students most in need. We are currently operating under the version of ESEA named No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and it’s critical to all educators, students and parents that the new law makes the right changes and improvements.

We need to ensure Congress knows the best improvements to make to ensure we give all our children the highest quality education. You can help make sure Congress does not misuse this chance to help our public schools by stealing funds away in the form of private school vouchers. And it’s high time that Congress ends its obsession with high-stakes, poor quality standardized tests. We cannot let Congress act without making our voices heard.

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Reader Comments

  1. Abby

    My problem with NCLB is that they are being left behind. One of my clients was “socially promoted” to the next grade even though she failed every class. She will continue to fall behind while being “socially promoted” until high school, where she will feel stupid and eventually drop out. She gets “special attention” in her regular classes, but no help to help her really understand, so she fails. To me, this is not helping our children. Three of my new clients are young people who dropped out of school because they ended up in high school without knowing anything. Some kids are just slower than others and they need more help.

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  2. Wanda Mounce

    I am a retired Technology Assistant for Guilford County Schools.I taught the computer lab plus keeping the computers in every school that I worked at up and running.I also did the minor repairs, did the orders for he ink for each school I worked at. I had my networking engineer certificate.

    I taught the teachers how to do the programs, that I learned in college and work shops. I really loved working with the students and teacher. I got my reward when a student mastered what I taught them. It would have been much better if the pay was better. I had to mow and clear peoples houses to have enough money to buy groceries and have gas money.

    At least in the computer lab I worked with a student until they mastered what I was teaching them. I really don’t know who sets the pay scale for teachers and assistants. This should be based on what the person is teaching.I did not want to be a certified teacher.I really enjoyed teaching the students what I learned in college. I even taught my student how to do copy, paste, and how to insert pictures in to a document. These were elementary students and they really loved coming to the lab.

    Teachers do not get paid enough, the education they have to pay for to learn all that they need to teach our children. Most of the teachers that I worked with had to work extra jobs to have enough money to help support their families. Please help by giving them the money that they deserve.

    Thank you,
    Wanda Mounce

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  3. Frank Lock

    I want to recommend that EVERYONE concerned with public education read “What Does It Mean To Be Well Educated” by Alfie Kohn. Public education reform is a sham. What we need to do is MODERNIZE our public education system. Modernization of our public schools does NOT involve high stakes tests. Modernization of our public education sytem means providing the funding necessary to provide as many of our children and adolsescents as possible the opportunity to experience a world class education (use Finland as an example!).

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  4. C. Maloney

    Until we get back to teaching our children respect and discipline; no amount of Private Industry Testing; no matter how frequently they are applied will yield a different outcome or result! Teacher have for too long been made the scapegoats of a corporate take over scheme rooted in processing and programming children as if their were widgets moving down a conveyer belt. If you let corporations manufacture tests designed to refocus away from our efforts in teaching towards evaluation of what their opinion’s of what a teacher should be “We are all Lost”.

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  5. Keith Hausman

    Republicans have an evil agenda, no doubt. However, we need to get away from the Federal level such as NCLB as well as Race to the Top and leave it to the states. The constitution grants the state level not the Federal level the business of education. It is ashame that Federal monies manipulate the state. Bush needed to go away with his agenda and so does Obama. Perhaps my union dues would be best spent upholding the constitution and fighting against any Federal influence in education. Stronger power needs to go back to localities.

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    • Greg

      Yes, the GOP does not want well educated employees. They want well trained employees. Until solutions are found to teach to students educational levels such as with ESOL students being tested and being placed at their appropriate grade level education will continue to plunder.

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  6. Gene Anderson

    We have to get rid of No Child Left Behind and other Republican attacks on public education. Without an educated public the US will collapse.

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    • Dave

      Attacking public education is what Rs are all about. No facts, just attacks! Wheeeeee!

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