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President Obama Kills No Child Left Behind

Posted by on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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CBS News:

President Obama unveiled the most significant changes to U.S. education policy in a decade, using his executive authority to give states more flexibility to opt out of some provisions of the controversial No Child Left Behind program that was a signature initiative of President George W. Bush.

"We can't let another generation of young people fall behind," Mr. Obama told an audience of education leaders in the East Room of the White House.

Mr. Obama expressed frustration with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have bickered about the best way to improve the increasingly unpopular program championed 10 years ago by Bush and liberal Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Mr. Bush signed the law in early 2002 at an Ohio high school in the congressional district of House Speaker John Boehner, who was then chairman of the House panel overseeing responsible for education.

"Our kids only get one shot at a decent education. They cannot afford to wait any longer. So, given that Congress cannot act, I am acting," Mr. Obama said.

The president tied the need to improve U.S. education to his efforts to jumpstart the struggling economy.

"We are in the midst of an enormous economic challenge," Mr. Obama said,"the most important thing we can do is make sure that our kids are prepared for this new economy."

Mr. Obama noted that the United States is ranked 16th in world for the percentage of young people who earn a college degree.

"Today, our kids trail too many other countries in math, in science, in reading. And that's true, by the way, not just in inner-city schools, not just among poor kids; even among what are considered our better-off suburban schools we're lagging behind where we need to be," the president said.

Most states are expected to apply for the waiver, which would give them more control over how they deal with troubled schools.

Mr. Obama emphasized that the waiver would not lower standards, but would in fact raise them because to get the waiver the standards would have to be raised. And he said the current law perversely encourages schools to lower their standards so they do not miss their mandated goals.

"These problems have been obvious to parents and educators all over the country for years now," Mr. Obama said.

by on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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Raintree
by Ruby Member on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM

!! :)

Twisted.Jester
by on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM
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OMG hell must be freezing over because I AGREE that this program is a complete failure and that more power needs to be given back to states to govern their own schools.

YuppyMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM
Excellent.
dixiechic88
by on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM
I AGREE WITH BOTH PPS
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o0orange0o
by Melani on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:48 PM
Sayanora NCLB.
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katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:51 PM
About time!!
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we try to make excuses for ower kids bad behavior. when its ower fault for letting it happen in first place.we need to show them how to behave. dont make excuses ..make solutions ..
Monday at 9:54 PM
by on Sep. 24, 2011 at 8:54 PM

 if u kill that law u will be letting kids down ..not every child can keep up ,get behind.u will have a lot of kids quiting.trust me..it going to get bad now..that's Obama..

Twisted.Jester
by on Sep. 24, 2011 at 9:01 PM

 Really?  Tell me exactly what NCLB did to prevent that?

Quoting KRIZZ25:

 if u kill that law u will be letting kids down ..not every child can keep up ,get behind.u will have a lot of kids quiting.trust me..it going to get bad now..that's Obama..

 

denise3680
by Gold Member on Sep. 24, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I agree this was an utter failure, I have seen kids get passed not because they could do the work or were even doing the work but because the school wanted to keep up their numbers.  It is disgraceful and not doing the kids any favors.  My nephew was one of them NCLB, and frankly he could have and should have been left behind.

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Sep. 24, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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How will getting rid of a program that was quite well known to be a failure and actually known to... um... leave kids behind let kids down again?

And. I'm sorry. I've tried to lay off of this in CM but it is hard to take educational advice from someone who doesn't know how to use contractions or punctuation and writes 'you' as 'u'.

Quoting KRIZZ25:

 if u kill that law u will be letting kids down ..not every child can keep up ,get behind.u will have a lot of kids quiting.trust me..it going to get bad now..that's Obama..



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