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Who Will Help Smartest Kids Achieve the Next Level?

By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Three kids go to school.  One way under achieves, one achieves okay but nothing spectacular and the third kid achieves off the chart, leaving the other two way behind.  So which kid do you suppose will get the most resources if the school system has to pick and choose its priorities? Georgia state representative Ed Seltzer found himself in the same ballroom with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan one morning last week at the Foundation for Excellence in Education annual conference.  Here is what Setzler asked when the microphone was passed his way: “I’ve heard folks say in different settings that high performing kids will take care of themselves (and)… View Article
President Barack Obama has dropped a water balloon onto No Child Left Behind. “In my State of the Union address this year I said Congress should reform No Child Left Behind law based on principles that have guided Race to the Top,” Obama said Friday morning at the White House.  The President stamped his approval onto new education performance guidelines that the administration says were developed by governors and educators nationwide. “I want to say, the goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable,” Obama said during a carefully crafted appearance that allowed for no questions.  “President (George W.) Bush deserves credit for that.  Higher standards are the right goal.  Accountability is the right goal.  Closing the achievement gap is… View Article
No Child Left Behind has moved one step closer toward No Longer Totally Relevant. President Barack Obama ‘s administration used the White House briefing room on Monday afternoon to announce that states may apply for waivers to avoid 2014 testing mandates in NCLB.  State school superintendent John Barge said Georgia will apply for the waiver. No Child Left Behind was the education initiative of President George W. Bush.  It was modeled on a program enacted during his term as Texas governor.  It requires that 100 percent of public school students will be proficient in math and reading by 2014.   The goal is considered unrealistic and NCLB is blamed for creating a “Teach the Test” mania as schools struggled to make… View Article

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