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Shifting gears a little -- a panel of educators convened by the nation's governors has released a proposal that could.
Set new academic standards in US schools and tomorrow President Obama will send congress his proposal for sweeping changes.
To the bush administration's No Child Left Behind act.
On Monday my administration sent to congress are blueprint.
For updated Elementary and Secondary Education act to overhaul No Child Left Behind.
What this plan recognizes.
Is that while the federal government can play -- leading role in encouraging the reforms of high standards we need.
The impetus for that change will come from states and from local schools and school districts.
Joining us now is Margaret Spellings education secretary under president George W.
Bush sectors good to have you here -- Well these national standards are emerging.
And and we've got this you re right -- -- details are repairs are coming about the No Child Left Behind.
We work what's your sense of what's happening in Washington.
Well I think it's a it's a mixed bag there are some encouraging things I think we can take away.
A lot of it has built on some things we -- the Bush Administration giving educators -- credit for progress they make along the way but there's also some worrisome things.
As I understand the -- present are gonna.
Take away those the school -- -- opportunity that parents -- to be catering service.
Let's start right -- that's a payback to the teachers right.
I think a lot of people will conservative sure the teachers unions very powerful.
Sure okay let's let's talk about.
These new national standards that are emerging we're just beginning to get the details of them I've spent a whole -- down in Austin Texas.
Covering the Texas state board of education as they tried to -- -- textbooks standards.
Which are very important because what happens in taxes get used around the country.
Does that negate what's happening in Texas.
No what I think of what that that Texas situation illustrates how challenging.
This federal standards national standards were going to be to put into place and that's not all -- -- parents and citizens and and policy -- feel very strongly about what their their students are taught now.
As I understand that most of the controversy was over social studies and and honor his brain and -- important -- to the poster reading and math which is.
Which -- the topics of the national standards there are some things that that are that are encouraging about the federal effort.
The standard for coherent they build from year to year.
But I'm worried about you know what happens when they they get my hands and rightfully so a state boards of education state legislatures.
Teachers and mauled to death.
Do you feel that that nowhere and No Child Left Behind has been a productive and that positive.
Impact on the education process absolutely some it is racist because then we talk about this before some people say well the teachers just teach to that past.
That's all they're doing is teaching to the test teaching to the test but with a wider ranging knowledge they may not be getting.
Well and I think -- as far behind us we are relative to our competitors.
You know teaching kids how to read and how to -- how to do basic map as is necessary but not sufficient.
And let me ask -- just one other question is always one of the things that I would I love to talk about -- this is that it's it's great of course you don't wanna leave the people who are struggling behind and that's the whole goal here.
What about the bright kids who have to sort of weighed on the slow kids to come along.
We -- Brian as we look at the data that phenomenon just doesn't show up we are seeing -- increases for our -- at the ninetieth percentile at the 75 percentile.
And all along the way it really is -- the rising tide.
Lifts all boats.
And so you know at that showed up in the data I'd be very worried about it.
But we insulting so as as we rewrite what's the thing to watch as they -- -- well a couple things SI said the school twice provisions where parents have options to -- to leave chronically failing school successfully -- -- than absolutely -- you know the Obama administration aims to to end that program the other thing that's very worried summit is really the essence of No Child Left Behind.
Is how we look -- terror.
Minority poor and special education students and as I understand that the Obama administration is gonna lay out a plan that will actually.
Give all of that latitude back to the states and you know we tried it for forty years on our kids were.
Would suffer greatly selloff both of the two things I'm most worried about Margaret Spellings it's good that your gonna that Bryant here.
There are new doubts about.
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