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  •  This should be a central campaign (6+ / 0-)

    issue for any democratic candidate.  These students are being set up to fail when they reach university as they will not have the requisite skills to write the sorts of essays demanded by college level courses, to develop lab experiments as defined by genuine scientific research, or to engage in the sorts of critical thinking required by college courses.  As a college professor I have increasingly found that I have to teach my intro level students how to read and write.  Oh yes, they know how to read words on a page and how to write a sentence on a piece of paper, but they do not know how to interpret material or compose an essay because of how they've been taught at the highschool level.  A number of college professors grimly refer to NCLB as Every Child Left Behind.  Our country is truly doomed if we can't turn this around as we'll have a citizenry that is completely unable to think and innovate.

    •  What to do first? (6+ / 0-)

      This should be a central campaign issue for any democratic candidate.

      That is, if you can get the higher-ups in the Democratic Party to oppose NCLB.  NCLB was passed with a bipartisan consensus, and the only complaint about NCLB considered at the level of money and power is that of Republican underfunding of NCLB.

      Personally, I'd rather the legislators in all fifty states pass tax increases so that the schools can drop out of NCLB and tell the Federal government to keep its poisoned money.

      "How long? Not long." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Cassiodorus on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 09:22:07 AM PDT

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      •  Title 1 (1+ / 0-)
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        SEC. 1002. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
        (a) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANTS- For the purpose of carrying out part A, there are authorized to be appropriated —
        (1) $13,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2002;
        (2) $16,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2003;
        (3) $18,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2004;
        (4) $20,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2005;
        (5) $22,750,000,000 for fiscal year 2006; and
        (6) $25,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.

        Twenty-five billion dollars is about $80 per person in the United States or $320 for a family of four.

        c) PRIORITY- The State educational agency, in allocating funds to local educational agencies under this section, shall give priority to local educational agencies that —
        (1) serve the lowest-achieving schools;
        (2) demonstrate the greatest need for such funds; and
        (3) demonstrate the strongest commitment to ensuring that such funds are used to enable the lowest-achieving schools to meet the progress goals in school improvement plans under section 1116 (b)(3)(A)(v).

        (5) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANTS- A grant to a local educational agency under this subsection shall be —
        (A) of sufficient size and scope to support the activities required under sections 1116 and 1117, but not less than $50,000 and not more than $500,000 for each participating school;
        (B) integrated with other funds awarded by the State under this Act; and
        (C) renewable for two additional 1-year periods if schools are meeting the goals in their school improvement plans developed under section 1116.

        http://www.ed.gov/...

        •  Another morsel (2+ / 0-)
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          SEC. 1001. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.
          The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. This purpose can be accomplished by —
          ....
          (7) providing greater decisionmaking authority and flexibility to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance;

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