Sunday, March 13, 2005

Trouble brewing in Colorado

It's still nascent at this point, but the Denver Post suggests that trouble may in fact be brewing in Colorado:

State lawmakers from both parties are fighting No Child Left Behind across the country. Republicans don't like the federal government messing with what should be a state or local matter, while Democrats contend the law does little to help achievement.

In Colorado, lawmakers have been mostly silent, but legislature watchers sense there's change brewing. State Rep. Mike Merrifield, D-Manitou Springs, is expected to introduce a resolution calling on the federal government to fund its mandates, while another bill would set up a committee to study how other states are meeting the federal mandates.

"Things are ripening across the nation, and in Colorado as well, for some changes," said Jane Urschel of the Colorado Association of School Boards.

What Colorado needs, and has never sought, is a waiver from some of the accountability standards that actually require the state to lower its own standards.

Colorado has been at the forefront of the standards and accountability movement. Why step backward to meet federal goals?

We're hearing this argument more and more: NLCB actually requires that states scale back their standards to meet the federal mandates. We heard it in Virginia and Utah, and now we're hearing it in Colorado. No doubt, the resolution -- whatever that may look like -- to the Utah situation will greatly impact the course of action for the other increasingly disgruntled states.


Blogger Joe Thomas said...

I attended the NEA Western States Regional conference in Denver this past January. It was right after Colorado Springs had intimated they might not worry about NCLB mandates.

Good to see the idea is catching on.

NCLB is an incredibly bad law.

Great title. Bad law.

5:37 PM  

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