Tuesday, January 18, 2005

"Cumbersome and counterproductive"

From today's WaPo:

Virginia's school superintendents endorsed legislation Tuesday directing the state Board of Education to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The waiver tops the Virginia Association of School Superintendents' priority list for the 2005 General Assembly.

Is this a sign of things to come? I think we'll see a lot more resistance to NCLB from superintendents, principals, and teachers. Of course, that doesn't mean much unless they're serious about foregoing federal money.

The article goes on to say that if the State Board of Education does not vote to opt out of NCLB (and they probably won't), they should at least make significant revisions to many of the "cumbersome and, in many cases, counterproductive federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act" (words of Superintendent Edgar Hatrick).

I'll definitely keep an eye on this one.


Blogger Tim said...

That's the recommendation of the superintendents. Whether the bill passes our wonderful legislature will depend on how much of a snit the leaders are in when it gets to committee. If an educator hasn't said something to offend the old men, they may actually approve it. When it comes to education issues in Virginia, we often have rule by temper tantrum in the General Assembly.

5:36 PM  
Blogger EdWonk said...

Great Post. I linked this story in our latest Extra Credit Assignment. The URL is here: http://educationwonk.blogspot.com/2005/01/extra-credit-assignment-great-reading_19.html

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