I was unaware that one could leave skid marks while in reverse, but that is the only way to describe the Bush administration's retreat on aspects of No Child Left Behind. It's apparently difficult to seek reelection when the majority of children are in "failing" schools.
Imagine going to a cocktail party stocked with superintendents and other district-level leaders. Guests would share some of their success stories, reveal some of their biggest headaches, and offer their opinion on the federal law everyone is working under.
It's a great irony--the shortage of scientifically based research on how to improve student achievement in science--but school districts aren't laughing. Under No Child Left Behind, students must be tested in science at least once in each grade span (3-5, 6-9 and 10-12) during the 2007-2008 school year. In preparation, states must have science standards in place by the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. By the end of that school year, science classes must be taught by highly qualified teachers.
Ken Hanrahan could hardly believe his ears. While attending a dinner hosted by International Business Machines last October, several IBM managers were enthusiastically sharing stories with him about the technology program at Jennings (Mo.) School District.
When a third grader's mom called frantically searching for her son who was late coming home from school, Eastlawn Elementary School Principal Jeff Lauer was out of the building at a district meeting. Lauer's assistant reached him on his cell phone.
More students are using tutoring while not choosing another school to get a quality education. States and districts are dragging their feet when it comes to updating teacher qualifications. And funding is still a big issue.
These are among the findings in the most comprehensive national examination of all aspects of No Child Left Behind implementation.
A little south of San Diego--just 10 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico--is National City. If the name sounds like one an unimaginative suburban developer might have come up with, that's understandable. But in this case, the name fits the long history and the character of the community.