(Yes, I am back but it is almost May and things are getting very busy, so I may not be posting often, sorry)
Even in a conservative newspaper in a conservative state, in one of the most conservative parts of the state,
"The NCLB undermines state programs that were proving their worth before the passage of the act. Where the federal government funds less than 8 percent of the nation's education program, the NCLB affects almost 100 percent of all classroom activity. In flexibility the NCLB is a one-size-fits-all program. It measures groups of students and judges a school's worth based upon criteria of the act. Using the one measurement to judge each and every school across the nation is restrictive, to say the least, impractical, at best. When we look at the different challenges of rural vs. suburban vs. urban, English language learners, and special education, we find that this act is not accountability, it is intrusive, stifling and limiting..."
Yes there is hope! And of course while I was gone the most important development in the battle against NCLB was the NEA Lawsuit. It's all over the news in all the states that are involved. Meanwhile locally we are fight other battles as well. Hope to report on these soon. By the way, it is spring time in Alaska and it is beautiful!