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Topic: No Child Left Behind

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January 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

No Child Left Behind: Impossible standards for teachers, students

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray [“Fix Outdated Federal Education Law,” Opinion, Jan. 13] for her common-sense ideas about the education today. I can remember sitting at a faculty meeting in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was first introduced to us. We, the teachers, looked at each other in bewilderment, knowing NCLB wouldn’t work. All…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind, Roger J. Wong

September 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

No Child Left Behind is punitive

Our public schools educate an incredibly diverse population of students, and provide services far beyond education, despite a continuous decrease in funding [“Failing-school letters to go out, but not without districts’ retort,” Local News, Aug. 13]. The punitive nature of No Child Left Behind has given education neo-reformers the opportunity to get richer with…


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September 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Failing school letters: Citizens also failing students

Educational policy rather than legislators can certainly be held responsible for failing-school letters. [“No Child Left Behind and failing schools,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 30]. However, so can the Washington state citizens who continue to hide from the reality of the need for a reliable source of revenue to provide what we expect from our government. Closing…


Comments | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind, washington state legislature

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…


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May 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

No Child Left Behind waiver: Washington should take lead in reforming system

In discussing our state’s loss of the federal waiver under No Child Left Behind, Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee puts the issue perfectly: “It’s not the failure of legislators or teachers unions, as some allege. The failure is in rigid federal mandates that don’t make any sense” [“Losing waiver is a wake-up call,” Opinion, May 13).

The reasons the mandates don’t make sense seem so screamingly obvious that it should not be necessary to argue the point at all. But Peaslee does an excellent


Comments | More in Education | Topics: federal waiver, Michael and Beret Kischner, No Child Left Behind

April 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

NCLB waiver: Using test scores in evaluations is unreliable

The Seattle Times reporting of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to revoke Washington state’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind law [“State leaders should save $40 million federal education waiver,” Opinion, April 26] overlooks an important fact: Major research organizations, such as the American Education Research Association and the American Statistical Association,…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: NCLB, No Child Left Behind, Rick George

April 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM

NCLB waiver: Redo No Child Left Behind

Recently, The Seattle Times quoted U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s 2011 testimony, “We should get out of the business of labeling schools as failures and create a new law that is fair and flexible.” Yet Duncan continues to enforce a failing law, No Child Left Behind [”State leaders should save $40 million federal education…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Arne Duncan, education, Mary Wallon

December 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM

We haven’t done enough to help public school students

Lynne K. Varner puts a positive spin on Washington’s efforts to improve our public schools [“Buoyed by changes in public education,” Opinion, Dec. 23]. But facts don’t support her. Struggling students may no longer be “relegated to low-level academic tracks,” but we have not supplied the resources they need to succeed in truly rigorous programs.

A Sunday New York Times article “Subtract Teachers, Add Students” shows Washington as having dropped from 13.7 to 13.2 employees per students between 2008 and 2013. Only two states have fewer school employees per student to give struggling students extra help.


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Lynne Varner, McCleary, No Child Left Behind