AP: Obama Plans to Overhaul No Child Left Behind

By: WASHINGTON (AP)
By: WASHINGTON (AP)

It's a school accountability system that has given a failing grade to more than a third of schools -- including some that made big gains but just missed their targets. And now, President Barack Obama is preparing to overhaul the education law known as No Child Left Behind.

In his budget plan, Obama is suggesting that schools be judged differently -- looking at student growth and at schools' progress from one year to the next. Schools that do well would get incentives and rewards. Schools that do poorly would face intervention and other consequences.

The head of a Washington think-tank on education, Kati Haycock of the Education Trust, says "less might be expected of some, but more will be expected of others" under Obama's plan.


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  • by Teacher Location: NWF on Feb 11, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    I don't see the connection between the article and the first two comments. Everyone wants to make sure that all kids get a quality education. Where the blame lies is debateable. It most likely is to be shared by all, yet unfortunately all mandates seem to fall on teachers who are for the most part government employees which the lawmakers can exercise some control over. It has been my experience (in alternative education) that most of our students apathy toward school has been formed by their experiences at home and in their communities. As for teaching responsibility to first graders, I say "hooray" for that teacher. If you had mentioned that every other student in class was having the same problem, I might concede that you have a point. Since you didn't, you might look at helping your child to learn to be responsible for his or her work instead of enabling your child's resentment toward the teacher at having to do something that he/she doesn't want to do.
  • by Educator of Math Location: Some School on Feb 6, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    Why does it always have to be the teachers fault when studnets are doing poorly in school? Shouldn't we start placing some responsibility on the parents? For examples the parents that do not give their child any responsiblities at home (cleaning their own room to name one) and blame the teachers for their students being helpless and needing all of their resposiblities done for them. Teachers already too many things, not enough time, and too many students to get everything done. I am all for the first pricipal you talked about. It sounds like he has been around the system long enough to know he has to support his teachers. Some one has to support the teachers when parents are going to blame teachers for everything. From now on in the future do me a favor, instead of blaming the teacher for your child doing bad, ask the teacher "what can we do to help my child." If every parent would do something as simple as asking the teacher for help, we would have no need for "NCLB"
  • by Anonymous Location: Panama City on Feb 2, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    My son attends Cedar Grove Elem and well the "No Child left Behind" motto has failed. My son unfortunetly was held back a year due to him having a teacher that pretty much was there for the money and that was all. I think if the student had teachers that was into teaching and made it fun then kids would be more into learning and not saying they dont want to go to school. My son had a teacher last year in the second grade and she made the student be responsible for getting there homework in their folder and their backpack at the start of the year. If they forgot oh well they should be responsible. I let her know that when the kids are coming from kindergarden to first grade they had that done to them and they would gradually step into the mode of doing it on there own. No matter how much I reached out to this teacher it was her way or no way, and well my son payed for it. When I went to the principal a few times he took her side. Thank god for the change of principles!!
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