Wednesday, January 2, 2008

No Child Left Behind Getting Left Behind?

Minn. Senators Seek To End 'No Child Left Behind'
ST. PAUL (AP) ― When legislators meet next month, some Republicans will again have their eye on the No Child Left Behind law.

Republican senators plan to introduce a bill that would end Minnesota's participation in the federal program. The program is aimed at forcing schools to improve their students' test scores, and hands down penalties if they don't.

"What we want is to make a real firm stand for local control," said Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, who added that he represents Senate Republicans on the issue. "We've had five years of the No Child Left Behind regime, and I think it's safe to call it a failure now. We're giving it an F and trying to take back our schools."

Because holding back the best and the brightest really isn't what the program had in mind, was it?

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