Obama releases 10 states from 'No Child Left Behind'
Trace Gallagher on education law
- Duration 3:05
- Date Feb 9, 2012
Trace Gallagher on education law
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The president released certain states today from that strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind that.
President Bush signed off on that put it into law in 2002.
It was meant to help the nation's poor and minority children by imposing tough consequences on schools that did meet certain performance goals.
But ask any teacher and all the critics it's had on its unintended consequences.
No Child Left Behind were the rights.
Standards and accountability those -- the right goals.
Closing the achievement gap that's a good goal that's the right goal.
We've got to stay focused.
On those goals but we've got to do it in a way that doesn't force teachers to teach to the test.
Or encourage schools to lower their standards.
To avoid being labeled as failures.
So the president's granting waivers that release ten states from the law in exchange for promises to improve how they prepare and test their students.
Trace Gallagher is tracking this one he's alive and -- West Coast news have this afternoon what's the reaction been like overall Trace.
Well there's not a lot of people arguing -- -- No Child Left Behind was a huge success but at the same time there's a lot of concern that without it we might start going back towards the states that get these waivers we'll still have to test their students every year but the bad test scores.
Don't have the same penalty so the hope is with the pressure off -- -- would have more flexibility in the way they teach in the way they spend federal dollars but conservative critics believe we could lose.
A valuable measuring stick listen.
What No Child Left Behind did that was terrific was it created com a new atmosphere of transparency.
Around American school and before No Child Left Behind there were any number of states when you simply could not find out how well children are doing when it came to reading and mathematics.
In elementary -- middle school.
And I think it's important point out that three out of ten of our students -- do not graduate high school.
What we're talking about ten states who got out of these requirements but that's not to say others don't want out.
No in -- 28 other states have already said they also would like those waivers because too many of their schools are being listed as failing remember that the gold this law was very simple it was that -- 2014.
Every single student would be able to read.
And -- that that they -- grade level here we are two years before the deadline.
And half of the schools are even close to that so those schools would either have to transfer the bad students out.
Change the teachers or shut the schools down altogether here's the president.
That doesn't help -- but certainly doesn't help our children in the classroom.
We determine we need a different approach.
And I've always believed that each of us has a role to play when it comes to our children's education.
Now some Republicans say the president is overreaching but unless there is bipartisan support on how to fix No Child Left Behind.
It appears this law is getting close to the end -- Trace Gallagher in Los Angeles Trace thanks.
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