WASHINGTON — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.” The veto threat came as lawmakers were set to debate the … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill intended to fix it isn’t winning popularity contests among House Democrats. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — House Democratic lawmakers are clawing to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law and its annual school testing requirements.
They crowded into a small Capitol Hill hearing room Thursday for their own forum on changing the law in protest of Republicans’ handling of the issue. Votes on a GOP bill are anticipated soon. Continue reading
As Congress considers revisions to the No Child Left Behind education law, there’s a larger debate about the role and efficacy of using standardized tests as assessment. Anya Kamenetz, author of “The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing, But You Don’t Have To Be,” joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the evolving role of testing and the “big, unintended consequences.” Continue reading
On Wednesday, the Senate’s education committee is set to take up the issue of whether federally mandated annual testing should remain a requirement under the No Child Left Behind law. Continue reading
When Congress returns to work next week, Republicans will have substantial majorities in the House and the Senate. Republican leaders have promised they will initiate new legislation, and one of their first efforts may be to roll back parts of No Child Left Behind, the education law passed under President George W. Bush. Politico’s senior education reporter, Stephanie Simon, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Boston. Continue reading
In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led schools that have cropped up around the country in recent years. Continue reading
Washington is the first state to lose its waiver from the No Child Left Behind requirement. Washington was among the 43 states and the District of Columbia that the Department of Education freed since 2011 from sanctions placed on schools and districts that fail to meet the law’s timeline for improving student test scores.
In other news Thursday, President Obama excused 10 states from No Child Left Behind requirements. The law requires all public school students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Republicans said the president was overreaching in granting waivers. Also, at least 100 people were killed in Syria by government forces. Continue reading