Education Groups Respond to NCLB Proposals

POLITICO Pro reported that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) proposals are receiving a great amount of feedback, especially from education groups, after Senator Alexander released his discussion draft.

 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights denounced the bill, stating that it “undermines the core American value of equal opportunity in education embodied in Brown v. Board of Education.”

 

The Council of Chief State School Officers thought the bill could be beneficial, saying “state education leaders appreciate that the core assessment and accountability provisions would support the education reforms that states are currently implementing, while allowing educators to move past existing barriers to effective education reforms.”

 

Several education groups responded with the following:

  • The American Federation of Teachers proposed new emphasis on wraparound services, early childhood education and project-based learning.
  • The American Psychological Association and the First Focus Campaign for Children, along with a coalition of other groups wrote to Alexander opposing his proposal to block grant Title IV, which focuses on safety, health and drug-free schools.
  • Principals’ groups including AFSA, wrote multiple letters addressing different parts of the law. The groups “support many provisions and policies advanced in this draft, including the removal of one-size-fits-all accountability; the elimination of the ‘school turnaround’ models; the addition of extended-year graduation rates; and the maintained requirement for data disaggregation,” states one of the letters. The groups also encouraged the committee to use language from Democratic Senator Al Franken’s School Principal Recruitment and Training Act.
  • The National Center for Learning Disabilities says the proposal is “severely misguided as it creates a major loophole in assessing students with disabilities, which could likely result in the exclusion of countless students with disabilities from the general assessment.”
  • The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards urged the committee  to work to improve teacher preparation, develop or expand teaching residency programs and create new opportunities for leadership in the teaching field.