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ERIC Number: EJ783382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
NCLB--Year for Change
Odland, Jerry
Childhood Education, v84 n1 p30-B Fall 2007
Much debate continues about whether the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has actually improved the academic achievement level of poorly performing students or only created yet another layer of government oversight to an already heavily burdened public school system. Drafted in 2001 and signed into law in January 2002, NCLB provided the framework for President George W. Bush's bipartisan education reform plan intended to ensure that every child in U.S. public schools has equal access to high-quality education and, in the process, raise the achievement level of elementary and secondary school students. This article reports that in response to concerns that NCLB is actually costing schools more in terms of money and staff time to implement and that the goals are unrealistic. Representative Pete Hoekstra has introduced legislation that will give responsibility for education to the individual states, not to the federal government and the mandates of NCLB. The states then will determine accountability standards, establish proficiency levels, and decide how best to teach all students, including those with disabilities. NCLB is obviously an important piece of legislation, as are all issues that have a significant impact on the rights, education, and well-being of children in the United States and abroad. The author encourages the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) members worldwide to voice their concerns for children and share best practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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