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ERIC Number: EJ888989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Student Safety and the Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind
Gastic, Billie
Educational Researcher, v39 n5 p423-424 Jun 2010
The reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is 3 years overdue, and the Obama administration, through Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, has explained the urgency of revising and reauthorizing the law. Attention has been focused most acutely on the provisions that directly relate to academic performance and accountability. Remaining under the radar, however, is the critical Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO), Section 9532 of NCLB. USCO states that students who attend "persistently dangerous" schools or who themselves have been the victims of violent crime at school are eligible to transfer to another public school. Since its inception, however, USCO has been heartily criticized; its provision related to the identification of persistently dangerous schools has yielded the most discussion. While that provision of USCO has been vetted, the shortcomings of the individual transfer option have gone relatively unexamined. In this essay, the author investigates how the individual transfer option fails to adequately protect the students who are at the greatest risk of being hurt at school. The author also presents specific recommendations for how the individual transfer option of USCO can be revised before NCLB is reauthorized.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001