State can’t escape “No Child…” law
December 26, 2012
California’s resistance to provisions of 2004’s No Child Left Behind school proficiency act has led to denial of waivers officials have been seeking from the federal government. (San Jose Mercury News)
This state wanted to join 33 others and the District of Columbia which have achieved a diminution of strict requirements to meet what the newspaper called “escalating federal goals.”
The George Bush-era law requires rigid evaluation of teacher performance based solely on students’ scores on standardized tests. That element of the law has been challenged politically by California’s teachers’ unions, leading to the denial by federal school officials.
Formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the controversial law was intended to maintain teaching standards for poor children, but its results have been questionable, and the law remains muddled in political infighting.