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ERIC Number: ED447608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
No Child Left Behind.
Bush, George W.
This blueprint describes President Bush's education plan. Federal block grants are provided to states for schools that establish annual assessments, demand progress, improve poorly-performing schools, create consequences for failure, and protect home and private schools. The "Reading First" initiative gives funds and tools to promote literacy through comprehensive research-based programs. To enhance teacher training, the plan offers greater flexibility in professional development, high standards, innovation, shielding from liability, tax deductions for teachers, and teacher quality information to parents. To improve performance in math and science, the plan reduces teaching out-of-field, increases participation in advanced programs, and furnishes challenging textbooks. The plan aims to help Limited English Proficient (LEP) students master English by streamlining bilingual programs, establishing performance objectives, sanctioning poor performance, and increasing instructional flexibility. Because competition stimulates improvement, the plan promotes charter schools, education savings accounts, school choice, consolidation of categorical grant programs, and public-private construction partnerships. Performance-based grants are provided for before- and after-school learning opportunities, as well as for violence and drug prevention activities. The proposal consolidates duplicative technology programs through grants to schools, and facilitates comprehensive, integrated technology strategies. New money for construction and other initiatives is provided to Native American and military schools. The President's plan frees schools, districts, and states by allowing for more flexibility, increases accountability for improved student achievement, and rewards high-performing states and schools. (TEJ)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act
IES Cited: ED547107