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ERIC Number: EJ781365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The NEA Is Fighting for NCLB Overhaul
Packer, Joel
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n4 p275-277 Dec 2007
A complex federal law that has been on the books since 1965--upon which are based numerous beneficial programs that provide funding to the nation's education system through a range of complex mechanisms--cannot easily be cast aside as the Educator Roundtable recommends. This article discusses the decision by the National Education Association (NEA) not to support the repeal of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Repealing laws is a lot more complex and involved than the Educator Roundtable implies. As almost 10,000 NEA members decided at their 2006 representative assembly, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the latest version of which is NCLB, does not warrant repeal. The law requires significant attention to its shortcomings in order to make it work on the ground--in America's classrooms. To this end, it has been the NEA's hope that this reauthorization of ESEA would finally offer an opportunity for a renewed, broad, and bold national discussion of how to improve and support public education. Simply put, this reauthorization is and should be about more than tweaking the NCLB portions of ESEA. It should be a comprehensive examination of whether federal policies follow what the research says about how children learn and what makes a successful school. This is the opportunity for a major course correction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001