Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is pledging to scrutinize a loophole that allows states to exclude nearly 2 million student test scores under the No Child Left Behind Act.Oh boy. More heroic Spellings here.
"Do we need to move forward to include more and more children all the time? Yes, we do. I think you'll see we're going to continue to look at that issue," she said.I have a question. Does anyone remember Armstrong Williams?
_The law has been a boon for educational consultants, teachers and service companies. One estimate puts the burgeoning industry's revenues as high as $22 billion annually.I don't know why I keep seeing obediant dogs with wildly wagging tails, asking Spellings "Did we do good?".
Maybe it's just my imagination.
Btw, some background.
I wasn't happy with AP's big ol' loophole piece and wrote about it here.
AP sure knows how to tap into NCLB outragealright but it's outrage in all the wrong places.
I think this is a seriously covert article pushing an agenda, and, hint, it's not the progressive one, folks. If you don't question their premise, boy, it's easy to fall for their propaganda.
And, look, even Alternet takes the bait, hook, line and sinker.
I want to see our progressive groups and thinktanks to take on public education and NCLB. We need to aggressively counter things such as these AP talking points, obviously coming from the Department of Education. Else, we see things such as the Alternet blogger, who I'm sure means well, but ends up unknowingly pushing an agenda and talking points bound to hurt us.