ERIC Number: ED458009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep-4
Reference Count: N/A
Back to School, Moving Forward: What "No Child Left Behind" Means for Parents, Schools and Communities. The 2001 Back to School Address [by] Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education (Washington, DC, September 4, 2001).
This report presents U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige's "back to school" address to the National Press Club on September 4, 2001. Noting that little progress has been made despite $147 billion spent on federal education programs since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the speech discusses the principles of the "No Child Left Behind" policy of the George W. Bush administration. The speech highlights several major points: that when we all work together, we can create a culture in which parents have more educational choices, teachers have more resources, districts have more flexibility, everyone has more information related to accountability, and "no child is left behind"; that Congress can be very productive when bipartisan cooperation predominates and that similar progress can occur in states, school districts, and classrooms when people work together across ideological lines; that schools and school districts must consolidate small categorical programs into larger, more flexible programs that emphasize service delivery; and that parents, taxpayers, community leaders, and state officials need to know which schools are succeeding and which schools are failing. The importance of starting early to enhance student success is discussed. The speech also mentions the need for a systematic review of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to examine possibilities for educational reform related to education of children with disabilities. The speech concludes with a challenge to make the educational changes needed to make sure that children learn. (KB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Homework, National Standards, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Public Policy, Standardized Tests
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.