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August 27, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Blame laws like No Child Left Behind for failing schools

Education policy has failed, not legislators.

The editorial yesterday “blaming” legislators for “failing school” letters is itself a failure [“Thank lawmakers for ‘failing school’ letters,” Opinion, Aug. 24].

The blame should go to the Bush/Kennedy concoction called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB and its successor Race to the Top were and are bankrupt pieces of legislation.


 

I say hooray for our legislators. They have finally got it. They finally stood up against the insanity. Every legislator who balked at the continued destruction of the American public education system should be re-elected.

No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top have paved the way for private enterprise to suck money out of the public schools while failing to improve them. Few charter schools have better results than public schools (considering the economic class they are serving). Research out now substantiates what teachers have been saying for more than 10 years: Test scores only show what someone may know, not how smart they are.

“Failing school” letters only indicate that our education policy has failed. Not our schools or legislators.

Richard Reuther, Pasco

Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind

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