Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Problems for NCLB in the Senate?

It looks like Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) might become the next chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. If that happens, there could be some serious problems for No Child Left Behind as Sen. Enzi has expressed concerns with the effects of the law's inflexibility on rural areas. Key graf from today's story in the Billings Gazette:

Enzi and the others have raised concerns about the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires states to establish annual tests in reading and math. They were particularly concerned about a provision in the law that requires every teacher to be qualified in the subject they teach by 2006. They say this is a burden on rural communities that have a hard time attracting qualified teachers and have many teachers who teach multiple subjects.

He could be a powerful voice for amending the NCLB to be more flexible.


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