This was a TRUE Bipartisan effort. Ted Kennedy had a HUGE part in this. Why is he not criticized? Is this an example in the case of bi-partisanship does not effectively help the people? Even Bill Clinton said, "I want you to think about this, and I have to say, this was a train wreck that was not intended. No Child Left Behind was supported by George Bush and Senator Ted Kennedy and everybody in between. Why? Because they didn't talk to enough teachers before they did that," 
It is well known they DID work with teachers Unions. So where is the division in thinking between teachers and the unions reps who speak on the teachers behalf? Who acknowledges this was a bi-partisan failure? Who places ALL blame on Bush?
Answer by ldmrmom at 3:33 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
Answer by ria7 at 3:27 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
I volunteer in the schools about 6-8 hours a week. I am involved in the Federal Literacy Program. I adore the time I spend in the schools, but I also see a heavy emphasis on teachers limitations on teaching based on misbehaved children, lacking parental involvement, NCLB, Administration poor decisions, UNION contracts, and even salary/benefit disputes.In our area, a school district recently had an open house and teachers were told not to attend because they were in negotiations and the union didn't want them returning to the school past their normal working time. I hear a lot from the teachers that they do not feel the union represents them as much as they did 10 years ago. What happened? Are the unions and politics playing too much in the teaching of our children? Is there a growing disconnect? Does anyone else see the Federal Government and Unions mandating the 'Nanny" role and stepping on the toes of individual teachers?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:36 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
Answer by ldmrmom at 3:38 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
Answer by ldmrmom at 3:40 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
I don't see NCLB as a Bush problem or a Kennedy Problem. I see it as a program that had good intentions. But like every other Federal Intervention Program, it is full of flaws and problems. I think this is ANOTHER example of the greater the Federal Government involvement the lower the quality/results.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:41 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
Answer by ldmrmom at 3:46 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
Answer by lori232 at 3:53 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:54 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
However, it was Bush that made it an unfunded mandate to keep tax money from being used.
The US already spends MORE money that any other nation on education. It is clear throwing money in Education is NOT the solution (imo).. Why can't we hold the Department of Education Accountable? There is mounting enthusiasm to hold Medicare accountable and cut waste, shouldn't we do the same for the Department of Education? Maybe if we made it more efficient like so many claim be able to accomplish with Medicare, it would crate a "stronger, better" system?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:59 PM on Sep. 29, 2009
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