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Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2005
With the federal No Child Left Behind Act underscoring the wide variation in what states demand of their students, people on both sides of the political aisle are again making the case for national standards, curricula, and tests. It wasn't so long ago--during the Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations--that similar proposals went down in…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, National Standards, Academic Standards, Politics of Education
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2005
The federal government has responded to criticism of the No Child Left Behind Act by giving states greater flexibility in how to comply. Analysts worry that the law's purpose is being lost along the way. Since U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that she would take a "common sense" approach to carrying out the No…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Government, Public Officials, Accountability
Carnes, Mark C. – Education Week, 1996
Describes how community members from Newburgh, New York, successfully battled against a school board proposal that called for expanding the town's high school to an enrollment of over 3,000 students. Rejects the notion that "bigger is better" and criticizes state funding formulas that create large schools by offering higher reimbursement…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Community Action, Community Influence, Consolidated Schools