Secretary of Education: No Child Left Behind Not Working
No Child Left Behind was introduced by President George W. Bush during his first year in office. The law was passed in 2002 with bipartisan support. The goal of the legislation was to achieve 100 percent efficiency in math and science for students by 2014 through yearly testing to measure progress.
Duncan testified to Congress that schools were not only falling behind, but that this decline has accelerated over throughout the duration of the program.
The rate of schools falling behind the standards set by the Department of Education has risen to an alarming 82 percent of public schools. The rate has increased sharply from last year, up from 37 percent the year before.
“This law is fundamentally broken, and we need to fix it this year,” Duncan told the House Education Committee.
Critics of the law have contested that the policy sounds good on paper but that bill itself is an “unfunded mandate,” meaning the law is not being adequately funded by the federal government in order to accomplish its goals. Critics are also concerned that the bill is not flexible enough to meet the needs of various school systems across the country.
The Obama Administration has vowed to address the bill, already meeting with Senate lawmakers in February.
“The president discussed his desire to find common ground on the need to re-define the federal role in education, so that it is more flexible and better focused on responsibility, reform and results,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa has expressed interest in working with the administration and thinks a bill can be accomplished this year. The administration is hoping to accomplish something by August.
“We would love to have it done by the August recess before students and teachers go back to school in the fall,” Duncan said.
The House of Representatives is still yet to act on the issue of education.Share