Say what? “Dozens in GOP Turn Against Bush’s Prized ‘No Child’ Act”

The Washington Post had an article about Republicans turning against President Bush’s “signature domestic achievement” No Child Left Behind. So why haven’t we heard more about this?

Why the sea change? Apparently some legislators have been paying attention to the carnage left in the wake of this ill-conceived plan.

Once-innovative public schools have increasingly become captive to federal testing mandates, jettisoning education programs not covered by those tests, siphoning funds from programs for the talented and gifted, and discouraging creativity, critics say.

Hmm, ya think?

Apparently the frustration experienced by those in education has risen to the level of attention as two bills, one in the Senate and the other in the House, are being proposed which would allow states to opt out of the mandated testing and curriculum standards. Is there a glimmer of hope on the horizon?

If you are interested, check out House Resolution 1539, Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act of 2007 (A-PLUS), and Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate version of A-PLUS, S.893, for more information.

[tags]nclb, legislation, education[/tags]

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