Today’s inbox brought an update from the U.S. Department of Education. Clicking on the link to the information site, the first paragraph that caught my eye was this:
Federal education law has been due for congressional reauthorization since 2007. In the face of congressional inaction, President Obama announced in September of 2011 that the Obama Administration would grant waivers from NCLB to qualified states.
The basic concepts of NCLB were positive, but the law as implemented had serious flaws because NCLB was not adequately thought out prior to passage and implementation by Congress. The spirit of the law was sound, but the basic policies were clearly written by non-educators. Because the country’s legislators continue to allow politics to interfere with educational need, NCLB remains as federal mandate, taking away from states one of the Constitutional responsibilities given them. For years, state education departments and local school districts have struggled to implement NCLB, a law that made little sense for most educational systems. In too many cases, the legislated policies destroying promising local programs and even programs that were already successful in educating students to become informed and critically thoughtful citizens. Because NCLB milestones could not be reached, these states lost much federal financial support.
This week, the Obama Administration’s NCLB Flexibility Waiver program has reached the important milestone toward returning education to state control by adding two more states to the program. To date, 52% of states have submitted educational programs that have been approved for the waivers. That’s more than half of the states that have taken back control of educational policy with guidelines that address the most critical education needs of the individual state’s children while keeping to the spirit of NCLB.
Read more at the link below.