ERIC Number: EJ759445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-24
Reference Count: N/A
NCLB Law Needs Work, Legislators Assert: Report by State Legislatures' Group Urges More Flexibility
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v24 n25 p1, 20 Feb 2005
The federal government has taken control of state education systems, and state leaders want them back, legislators around the country say. Through the No Child Left Behind Act, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education have forced state lawmakers to expand their testing systems, alter the ways they reward and punish schools, and spend their states' own money on federal mandates, the National Conference of State Legislatures contends in a report issued Wednesday. To address the situation, the 76-page report says, Washington should give states broader authority to define student-achievement goals and more latitude to devise the strategies to help students reach those goals. While the report includes strong rhetoric--including suggestions that the 3-year-old No Child Left Behind law is unconstitutional--NCSL leaders struck a conciliatory tone when releasing it. In this article, the author highlights the most controversial points of the report.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Position Papers, State Action, Educational Policy, National Standards, Research Reports
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001