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Well since have to -- few short weeks ago for the end of the school year they're probably already celebrating getting into summer.
They may have even shorter weeks when they come back to the school in the fall more schools around the country are exploring going -- four day school week due to budget cuts.
Can also afford to make No Child Left Behind requirements -- they have cutbacks.
-- filings with the secretary of education under George W -- and she joins us now in -- city thank you for coming in today I've -- -- let's talk about this how is the economy affecting education schools have to look at cutting in any way to think he had to stay open and and educating our students.
Well -- causing educator -- -- across the country really to look very carefully at how they use their resources.
The federal government has spent a hundred billion dollars in stimulus funds.
To make sure that deaths are met in education funding and I think that will go along way.
But it's not an appropriate for -- always look at how we've spent money No Child Left Behind us about how what we serve our students and that's non negotiable.
But I think it's appropriate and prudent for them to look at various.
Management things that might be ways to save money.
If you cut back on time in the classroom if you go to forty -- candidates -- still -- -- -- to do the things that you need to do to meet these requirements and standards sure I think so you know there's a lot of talk about.
About the bar being fairly low I think one of the things we no assurance that kids you know with the proper focus of instruction can get to great level.
-- not this law requires that -- you know I think our teachers are fully capable of meeting those requirements.
In light the economic challenges they face.
Well let's talk now we have a new administration there's -- -- secretary of education.
What do you make at some of the critiques they had No Child Left Behind any changes you might expect and today well I think that might change the name but I hear a lot of support for the policy there's an interest in coalition emerging.
But Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton met with President Obama earlier this week mayors from all over the country.
Superintendents lots of people who really understand.
What is at stake of our country does not close the achievement gap really is the new civil right and that's -- No Child Left Behind us about.
No Child Left Behind -- more than a name it's actually describes the policy.
I've yet to meet a parent doesn't want their -- working on -- level and not my hope is that accountability is here to stay.
The annual measurement is really the only way we can find out what's working what's not and that we owe that to our kids to it to be accountable responsible for their achievement.
And we just have a few seconds left but I want to ask you why do you think there's been such as strident pushed back from some quarters.
On the testing imagines -- have to -- Well look if people don't want accountability.
You know we've tried for forty years the approach -- we put the money now and hope for the best.
And that got us you know a flat achievement line and a gap that -- is on -- -- between.
Advantage students and disadvantaged students in our country and so we really have got to do this work.
But sure makes people uncomfortable that tells me it's working.
Right Margaret spellings thank you so much for your insight and for coming in today we appreciate it.
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