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Education Reporter
NUMBER 247 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS AUGUST 2006

NEA Will Challenge 'No Child Left Behind'

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An overwhelming majority of NEA delegates approved a plan to aggressively lobby Congress for reform of the No Child Left Behind Act. The NEA has fought this law ever since it was passed in 2001, but this represents its most organized effort to change the law.

Only three of the 9,000 delegates argued against the lobbying effort during the hour-long discussion. But they didn't favor the Act; they wanted the union to focus on repealing it instead of trying to improve it.

NEA opposition to the law is based on what it calls the government's "obsessive" focus on testing student skills and punishing failing schools when they don't make the grade. The NEA opposes tests as the benchmark for success, favoring a series of benchmarks that reflect students' differing demographics and abilities.

The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to test students in math and reading and report their scores by group, such as race, disability, English language ability, or economic situation. If one group of students fails, an entire school can face penalties.


 
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