ERIC Number: EJ705964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
Inflating the Life Rafts of NCLB: Making Public School Choice and Supplemental Services Work for Students in Troubled Schools
Hess, Frederick M.; Finn, Chester E., Jr.
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n1 p34 Sep 2004
To no one's surprise, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act has become a political football in this election season. Amidst the heated rhetoric and impassioned claims, it can be easy to forget that NCLB is no one thing but rather an awkward compendium of many disparate pieces. While public officials are pressed to render absolute judgments--that NCLB is a wondrous advance or a malign mistake--observers and educators must recognize that anything as unwieldy and complex as this law will inevitably yield mixed results. NCLB's remedies for students whose schools have been identified as needing improvement may not be working as intended. In this article, the authors recommend some mid-course corrections that could help ensure that the law's promise is fulfilled. (Contains 7 notes.)
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, School Choice, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Services, Program Implementation
Phi Delta Kappa International, Inc., 408 N. Union St., P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789. Web site: http://www.pdkintl.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001