ERIC Number: EJ754012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-6
U.S. Urged to Rethink NCLB "Tools"
Education Week, v26 n14 p1, 19 Dec 2006
This article presents the details of a conference discussing issues on NCLB implementation. The conference was based on a set of papers that included reviews of NCLB implementation in California, Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey, as well as in three rural Kentucky districts and 36 big-city districts nationwide. Those analyses found that states and districts appear more inclined to offer technical assistance, professional development, and additional planning to troubled schools than to impose tougher sanctions. Participants in the meeting ascribed that pattern--which many of them see as a problem--partly to weak enforcement by the U.S. Department of Education. An equally large factor, many said, are shortcomings of the nearly 5-year-old federal law itself. Conference participants suggested a number of options to strengthen the law's accountability provisions. They include giving the job of informing parents about their options to entities other than school districts, not allowing districts to use leftover money from choice and tutoring for anything else, and giving districts clearer authority to override local collective bargaining agreements in order to restructure schools.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Accountability, School Districts, Collective Bargaining, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Tutoring, Surveys, Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Sanctions
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Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Kentucky; Michigan; New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001