Could No Child Left Behind be history?
President Obama tours a graphic design classroom during a visit to the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month. Friday, the president will outline new guidelines for schools that want to opt out of the controversial No Child Left Behind law.
September 22nd, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Could No Child Left Behind be history?

Ten years after the Bush administration’s landmark attempt to revamp the nation's education system with the No Child Left Behind law, President Obama is poised to allow states to opt out of the heavily criticized guidelines.

Friday, President Obama will announce that his administration will begin reviewing states' applications to waive the No Child Left Behind requirements in return for tangible commitments to close achievement gaps.

The law, which passed with broad bipartisan support in 2001, required public schools to meet targets aimed at making all students proficient in reading and math by 2014 or face stiff penalties.  As that deadline looms, the Department of Education has predicted up to 82% of the nation's schools could miss the target and face those penalties including the possibility of losing federal education dollars.

"Today the law is hurting children by denying the children most at risk the resources they really need," a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday.

The administration officials did not want to be identified by name as the call was considered to be background information in advance of the president's announcement Friday.The new, flexible guidelines the president plans to announce will require that states show they are transitioning to a program focused on college and career-ready standards.  At the same time the states will still be allowed to continue to set their own benchmarks.

One change will require that states put into place standards of accountability that don't treat all schools the same.  For instance, a senior administration official said "[A] state should recognize and reward the highest achieving schools that serve low income students and those that show the greatest student progress."

And finally, schools will have to implement teacher and principal accountability. States and districts will have to set basic guidelines to evaluate a teacher's performance based on a number of factors, not simply student performance.

"The purpose is not to give states and districts a reprieve from accountability, but rather to unleash energy to improve our schools at the local level,” President Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

One of the major criticisms of the current No Child Left Behind guidelines is that it encouraged schools to lower standards rather than improve.  The new guidelines "should reduce the pressure to teach the test and the narrowing of the curriculum," one administration official said.

Six months ago, the administration sent to Congress its plan to revamp No Child Left Behind but so far legislation has stalled.  The administration states that it hasn’t made these changes alone – it has reached out and received input from 45 states that helped develop the new guidelines to opt out of No Child Left Behind standards.  In addition senior administration officials told reporters that 44 states and the District of Columbia are working to adopt a common set of state developed college and career-ready standards.

Some critics fear the new guidelines will give the federal government an even larger role in states' education decisions.  But Obama administration officials deny the accusation maintaining the new guidelines will actually give states more flexibility including how to spend 20% of their Title I money, which funds low-income education and can account for as much as one billion dollars nationwide. Currently No Child Left Behind requires states spend that portion of federal education dollars on choice in tutoring.

The administration says many states and school districts are already moving toward the new guidelines.  States can file a request for a waiver by mid November and the waivers could be granted in early 2012.

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Drogo, who bit the dust

    We can't meet the guidelines so therefore states will be allowed to opt out. We should do the same with the drug laws. They are not enforceable so lets get rid of them and spend our time on more productive endeavors.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • OhMAmA14

      Today the law is hurting children by denying the children most at risk the resources they really need," a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday." What a crock!!!! Many schools don't do anything because they are lazy and don't want to or they lie through their teeth that they are but really aren't. Like CPS – I am sure there are some successful students but the ones with special needs? no way do they do what they even supposed to do because if they actually did the students would be a lot more successful. Teachers and Staff lied right to my face and on paper and in emails. THATS WHY THIS IS NOT WORKING- NOW THEY DON'T WANT TOBE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

      September 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
      • Phil in Oregon

        I see the lack of respect for authority being the #1 obstacle to education. If the kids don't respect the teachers, they won't do the work necessary to develop the skills they need to be successful. I never understood all those math exercises until I got to where I could do it easily. You have to run the laps to be a track star.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • FatSean

      Educating our children is too important. Performance-based metrics don't work that well in the private sector and we've seen them fail utterly in schools.

      Some things should not and can not be run as a business. They are too important. Military, Education, Health Care. But nobody cares about military budget over-runs...

      September 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Actual Teacher

      NCLB is an absolute joke, written by people who know nothing about education and send their kids to expensive private schools. They are completely detached from reality. We need to stop pretending that education is going to fix all of our social problems and end poverty.

      The problems are, for the most part, not coming from inside the educational system, but rather from the outside. People are no living in poverty b/c of poor education and failing schools. Schools are failing because the students they education and families they were are living in poverty. Students come in that have never seen a book, have no resources at home, have parents (or parent) that are not home enough b/ they are struggling to make ends meet, and often do not speak English at home.

      The solutions to these huge problems cannot come from inside the schools; it must come from society as a whole. Education is only one part of what must be a much broader plan to solve the inequities of American life.

      As long as the place all the emphasis on schools, our society and its leaders can scapegoat teachers rather then come up with real solutions to America's problems.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • superlogi

      By all means if you can't meet the standard, lower it.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • Justin

        why should we lower the standard? that makes no sense in lowering a fairly easy standard to meet.

        September 23, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • iamthefredman

        This is how we will become a third world country. Just keep lowering the standards instead of raising them. Just keep letting more and more illegal aliens who don't even speak English into the country and filling our schools. Just keep sucking up to the foreigners, minorities and illegals who cannot speak English and will not try to learn English. We will be a Tower or Babel soon. And Total Chaos will follow.

        September 23, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Mark

      The whole thing probably isn't as simple as you think it is. Entire student bodies are being punished when 20% of students, and their families for that matter, don't care. I know it's en vogue to just blame the teacher, but here's a giant surprise for you: Some kids don't come to school to learn and their families are fine with that.

      So as long as you're fine with supporting a program that rips the money away from that school and the rest of the kids, call your congressman and let them know that you think it's the way to go!

      September 23, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • dan

      I think if we just made parents responsible for their own childern, the problem would sove itself.

      1). Child is disruption to rest of class causing education of other childern to suffer.
      Parent fined 1,000
      2). Child doesn't show up
      Parent fined 1,000
      3). Child starts fights
      Parent goes to jail
      4). Child doesn't do homework
      Parent fined 1,000

      September 23, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Retiredprof

      The problem with No Child Left Behind was not that it lowered standards, even though it sometimes did, but that it narrowed the curriculum at the elementary school level until little was left but reading and mathematics. Unfortunately, reading became how fast one could read rather than whether one understood and mathematics became mindless computation without the slightest understanding or attention to how mathematics could be used. All too many elementary schools, science and social studies were no longer being taught. Music and art were completely removed from the curriculum. Without these subject matter areas children could not read with understanding as they did not have the background information. This is not lowering standards, this is lowering the parameters of education until they reached a vanishing point. Every child was being left behind in science and social studies, art and music, areas that are vital in understanding the modern world and the various cultures of that world.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • jean2009

        Thank you for summing up the truth so eloquently.

        September 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  2. Larry L

    This program is yet another of the Bush failures. Problems with education will only be solved when we reduce the number of people living in poverty, something completely opposite of every program supported by the Republican Party. Schools filled with rich kids from educated parents will always perform better than ghetto schools, especially when money is siphoned off to private schools as labeled as "charter" school projects. As we try to reduce the federal and state spending levels the schools seem to be a primary target. This is a death-spiral for a nation. It's like a farmer selling the seeds required to plant next year's crop.

    September 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Jessica

      Well said Larry. Poor schools, kids, and teachers in those schools are getting slammed and much of it is not the fault of those people. We all have a part to play in having an educated public. NCLB seemed like a step in the wrong direction.

      September 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • chris

      The liberal movement survives by making people dependent on government. Until those people get a healthy respect for a good days work, they won't get off government assistance.

      September 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Norm - not that one

      "Guidelines" that are tied to monetary rewards and threats ONLY led to corruption within the educational system.
      "No Child Left Behind" was nothing more than another fraudulent, meaningless, republican catchphrase.

      When the focus is on money (the bottom line, in business), quality is shove aside. Same thing happened in the educational system.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Mom of 3

      The county I live in took their entire public school district charter. These were not private schools. It was the _____ County School System. Again, the entire district is now a charter school district. The school my 3 children attend is now a national blue ribbon school. This is in a state that ranks near the bottom of the nation in education. The biggest difference between public, and charter is that public schools are forced to spend their money in certain ways. Example... they must spend X amount of dollars on textbooks each year, even if new one's are not needed. In a charter school, you can spend the money where it is needed in each individual school, not in a set way that all schools must follow. The charter school can use the money they save from not having to purchase unneeded items to hire tutors, electives teachers, more teachers' assistants, etc. They have a free hand to decide what is best for their individual school. I do feel that if one school is charter the whole district should go charter. This would even the playing field. The county I live in has more than one award winning school. Please do not jump to conclusions, and form an opinion about things before you find out all of the benefits. I would home school my children before I even thought about putting them in another district in this state. An education is the most important thing a parent can give a child, and if parents get more active in the schools instead of just complaining, more schools would be able to benefit from these advantages. Parental involvement here is unbelievably high, and I think that is crucial to any schools' success. If the lines of communication between home and school are not open, you cannot possibly expect a school to succeed. We need to stop the blame game and fix the problem, not add to it. Just my opinion though.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:22 am |
      • Mom of 3

        oops... My comment was supposed to be for Larry... That is who it said leave a reply to. Sorry about that 🙂

        September 23, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Mom of 3

      The county I live in took their entire public school district charter. These were not private schools. It was the _____ County School System. Again, the entire district is now a charter school district. The school my 3 children attend is now a national blue ribbon school. This is in a state that ranks near the bottom of the nation in education. The biggest difference between public, and charter is that public schools are forced to spend their money in certain ways. Example... they must spend X amount of dollars on textbooks each year, even if new one's are not needed. In a charter school, you can spend the money where it is needed in each individual school, not in a set way that all schools must follow. The charter school can use the money they save from not having to purchase unneeded items to hire tutors, electives teachers, more teachers' assistants, etc. They have a free hand to decide what is best for their individual school. I do feel that if one school is charter the whole district should go charter. This would even the playing field. The county I live in has more than one award winning school. Please do not jump to conclusions, and form an opinion about things before you find out all of the benefits. I would home school my children before I even thought about putting them in another district in this state. An education is the most important thing a parent can give a child, and if parents get more active in the schools instead of just complaining, more schools would be able to benefit from these advantages. Parental involvement here is unbelievably high, and I think that is crucial to any schools' success. If the lines of communication between home and school are not open, you cannot possibly expect a school to succeed. We need to stop the blame game and fix the problem, not add to it. Just my opinion though.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • J

      Poverty and ability have nothing to do with one another. Any person who has taken even the most basic statistic class knows that correlation does not eaqual causation. The fault of the education system in my opinion is due to outlook of our society when it comes to school. Look at how well Japan does in education, a major difference between us and them is the level of seriousness education demands in their country. Our country is willing to spend millions on professional athletics but education, nope. Priorities are completely different.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Tired of it

      I am SOOO sick of people thinking it is all about money... I grew up in poverty, my parents didn't have a college education and you know what... I went to college. Why??? Because my parents were INVOLVED in my school work. I wasn't allowed to run the streets, do what I wanted to do and blow off school. It all starts at HOME, with or without money. Once people start taking responsibility for their children and their OWN lives these issues will decrease. It isn't the government's responsibility to raise everyones' kids!!!

      September 23, 2011 at 9:06 am |
      • Tired of it

        Another thing to note, I didn't qualify for financial aid – BECAUSE I WAS WHITE, so my school was financed by me – working full time while in school and with LOANS which I am still paying for 10 years after college.

        September 23, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • mab

      specially with a socialist system that defends non-performing teachers. The system is broken and should be taken out. Give the State the money and they will do better. Allow for privatization and we will lower costs and improve performance.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Justin

      Hard for schools to get money if the school district can not get a grant passed to receive money for a better education for their kids. If parents don't approve the funding for the school its not the schools fault or the governments fault that they can not provide a better education for those located in 'ghetto' locations.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Justin

        Those grants are on the ballots every election and if people don't go and vote yes or no for those grant, which yes will raise taxes slightly, but will pay for its self ten fold when the schools can afford good equipment to teach and the teaching gets better the learning gets better the learning gets better so on and so forth.

        September 23, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • PK California

      That statement by Bush was no more than that. Some people hear it and think GREAT, my kids are going to get a better education. Not so! The proof is in the actions taken not the words said. Like everything else he promised, it all went down the tubes. He was too busy starting wars he couldn't finish and cutting taxes for the rich. The rich don't create jobs, they fire and raise their own pay! They must prove how many jobs they created and how many jobs the cut before they get our money that could pay for a REAL change in the schools! SHOW US THE PROOF!

      September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • iamthefredman

      NO federal money should be spent on education and the Dept of Education MUST be abolished. All schools should be run by local communites with guidance from each state. DOE is a waste of tax money and a duplication of efforts by the states.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:27 am |
      • Bobe

        I agree. Children who are poor and live in poor communities in poor states deserve a poor education. If you want better pick better parents. Besides educating the unworthy will do nothing for this country.

        September 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • Bobe

        If schools are run by local communities or states, many students will not be taught science but religion. This will not be good for the country and our future.

        September 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • yourreallyfunny

        how exactly are local communities going to pay for all the requirements of a modern school without federal funds? all your idea does is create a system of nosediving education. BRAVO

        September 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • PY

      As I understand ,you don't like "charter"schools,but at the very least they are teaching children math and English and not only Political Correctness and How to strike instead of work.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Drowlord

      Admittedly a Bush program that failed, but I reject your analysis. It isn't poverty that causes this, it's apathy. Too many parents are uninvolved in their kids' education (or hostile about it). Too many kids don't care about academic achievement. I firmly believe that apathy in its various forms are what lead to poverty, crime, poor nutrition, substance abuse, unemployment and poor education in the worst-off segments of the USA. I don't see government legislation and spending reducing that. Poor kids are doomed because they have lousy parents.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  3. Adam Smith

    If you are a neophyte to gop education "reforms" they are all designed with one goal in mind - they are created to make public ed look bad, cut funding to make it look worse, so that then the public might be more receptive to the gop schemes for privatizing public schools. We have it here in PA right now – our governor and leg gop cut half a Billion with a B out of the public schools claiming a budget gap. We are now sitting on 750 MILLION (1/3 more than the cuts) in surplus since the economy had been slowly improving and thus created a surplus in revenue. Dores the gop intend to use that surplus to replace some of the funding gutted from public ed? NOPE. Not a dime. The governor announced his NUMBER 1 PRIORITY -is - wait for it-–school vouchers.Not jobs, job training, not regulating the pollution from the fracking wells, not medical coverage which was also gutted for the poor....his top priority is a program no one outside the power elite of the republican party wants. The same power elite that is moving to make PA a laughing stock by turning our Electoral college vote into an anti-democratic travesty...

    September 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  4. Reggie from LA

    Long overdue. The education system is being picked apart by people who are not it, don't have or never had children in it and just plain doofuses who believe they have a handle on the learning process and say "testing will measure the effectiveness of our teachers and education methodologies. Yaaay!!. Can't believe Duncan didn't seek to destroy that money-making scheme Day one. That's right. Standardized testing is a money maker. Duh.
    Nope. I'm not a teacher. Don't have the "chootzpah" for that level of commitment. Free our children and their teachers!!

    September 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Nikki

      It was a terrible idea and it has led to a massive amount of children who cannot read, write, spell, or think. Passing a failing student to another grade really doesn't help them at all. Just reading comments on such sites as CNN truly shows how little these people learned in school. They can't even form a complete sentence - even to the point of not knowing to start a sentence with capital letter and ending it with a period. Many still haven't learned the difference between 'to, too, and two.' Grammer is even worse, spelling horrible, and they cannot communicate a single thought. Yeah, passing them along REALLY helped them, didn't it??

      September 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Thank Goodness! It was a failed Bush policy from day one, Left everyone behind! Should we have high standards? Yes! Should we teach to the test or cheat so $$$$ can be given to districts? No! Tying $$ to learning has not worked. What it did was teach kids how to fill in a bubble but zero on critical thinking!

    September 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Lee


      September 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    I sure hope so! Every teacher I know – including my Republican friends and relatives who voted for McCain – know from practical experience that it's a failure.

    While setting national standards is a good idea, not giving schools and teachers the flexibility – and time – they need to achieve them sets them up for failure.

    Funny how this law came from a Republican, whose party has a goal to eliminate the Department of Education and privatize schools. Coincidence? I think not. Republicans WANT public schools to fail, to make profit from education, leaving those without the means to get no or a sub-par education.

    Reinforces my belief that the current crop of Republicans really do want to take our country down the drain...

    September 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      ThinkAgain, I think you need to think again. Name one democrat school district that you think is ran properly. Please, show us one example of the utopia of Liberal ideology you dream about.

      September 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
      • AniotherKat

        Massachusetts. All of it. Not perfect (who is) but one of the best in the country.

        September 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • M

        Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland.

        September 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
      • Anthony Pennock

        Here is your example. PennfieldSchols in Battle Creek, MI.
        They takecare otheir students and teachers and still haearainy day fund. So boo yah.

        September 23, 2011 at 12:30 am |
      • bee kaye

        "run" properly.

        September 23, 2011 at 2:54 am |
      • Duh

        Pretty much every montessori school, ever.

        September 23, 2011 at 8:43 am |
      • Steve O

        Uh, Jay? I think all schools are suffering because the No Child Left Behind was a FEDERAL act. It effectively took the power from the school districts to make their decisions.

        But, if you really need an example, there was an article just yesterday about a school in Harlem that was excelling.

        September 23, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • koss

        School districts are NOT party ofiliated first of all. Second no child left behind is a POOR attempt at reform in schools that is a has failed that is a should NOT be a political is not about republican or Democrat ...left or right...liberal or is about kids plane and simple! When idiots like you make it about politics and not about doing right by kids then we fail as a nation! Put people who understand education in charge of it and you will see change. It is NOT teachers it is PARENTS/ STUDENTS that are the problem!

        September 23, 2011 at 11:25 am |
      • Nikki

        "is ran properly'" They pass you along as well? Try "is run properly.' The 'a' and the 'u' are a long way apart on the keyboard so let's not blame bad typing skills.

        September 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • Jake Steed

        Republicans used the school system to enrich their supporters who run standardized testing supply companies. Jeb Bush is sitting pretty on the board of directors on one of these same companies. GOP scammers stay away from our children!

        September 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • jean2009

        No Child Left Behind was a boon for Bush Profiteers. Especially for companies who wrote the tests,and for text book publishers. Texas has cornered the market on text book publishing. Google Search: Bush Profiteers collect billions from no child left behind.

        September 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Jim

      Bush was a RINO: Republican in Name Only. No Child Left Behind wasn't a plan to eliminate the ED, but a plan to give it still more power. The truth is, Republicans and Democrats are little different: Both have been working to increase the size and scope of the federal government, weakening both state and local governments and individual choice. NCLB was a very liberal plan. And it was a failure.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Sean


      Point out where he said anything about democrats or liberals. The world is much larger than your pathetic two party mind. For all you know he is an independent. And if he is a dem.. that doesn’t mean he is wrong.

      P.S. pointing fingers are someone else as a defense is a five year olds tactic.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Lee

        Thank you, but sadly he probably won't notice his ignorance.

        September 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Sean and Lee, sorry your liberal schools never taught you to think critically or look beyond one single piece of evidence.
        1. "Think Again" has posted his/her liberal ideology many times.
        2. S/he mentions setting national standards–a Dem cornerstone for 250 years (Federalization)
        3. S/he did not attack any liberal stances on education (though I recognize that the post was in direct response to the article).
        4. I actually agree with ThinkAgain's statement about it being funny that it came from a "Republican" president. Bush, in much of his domestic policy was a Big Gov't (read Democrat) president. And;
        5. Most importantly in your attacks on Jay, he merely asked ThinkAgain, because there was no criticism of Dem/lib policies in his post, (and again from previous knowledge he is a lib), to point out a successful public school system in a democrat district.

        Your two posts appear to be more left wing, hate inspired, jump to conclusions because one of your ilk was called out.

        September 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  7. Jude DeNunzio

    This cannot happen fast enough. Having been in the school system in South Florida for almost twenty years what is going on is so disheartening. We now have a governor who is openly funding and promoting charter schools, which is the next step towards privitization. The scary part about charter schools is that they only pull students who have high test scores. They do not provide services to students with special needs either. The schools are also taking over as parentsfor a large portion of the population. What is happening to this generations children is a national disgrace.

    September 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  8. Alan

    when adjusted for poverty rate, the United States leads the world in education. read this:

    September 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Republicans hate women, and their children.

    September 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Debbie

      Don't forget the elderly and sickly.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • jean2009

      They hate anyone who is not independently wealthy.

      September 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  10. Beth

    Make educational funding equitable and this will work. Rich districts have low class size and great resources. I work in a very poor district with huge class sizes and few resources. I can't even copy things myself if I don't pay out of pocket. They don't even have the $ for pencils and paper for the kids! How can I compete with teachers who teach half my teaching load or 1/3 less and who have half the numbers of kids in each class? It also takes 5-9 years for students to get fully proficient in academic English and 70% of our students are non-native English speakers. They get services only 3 years and get dumped into regular classes 2-6 years before they are going to hit that full academic proficiency in English. It is complex and not a simple issue with no easy solution. One good start would be to give equal money to poor districts as wealthy ones. One should not be able to buy a better education in a PUBLIC school. Take the money for schools and split it equally. Wealthy schools feel proud of their accomplishments but it is relatively easy to have a cushy situation and turn out high test scores. There has to be a reason for people like me to stay in a job like mine. I can make about $10000 more a year at most other districts with a much easier job. Once I get enough experience why will I stay? Who will replace me? A new, inexperienced teacher who didn't get hired in the other wealthier districts or the rare person who is dedicated to equality in education for all.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  11. krehator

    This is another social policy disaster from the Republicans. They claim to hate big government, but what they say and do is two different things.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • superlogi

      True. On the other hand, Democrats claim to love big government and do everything they can to expand it. And it shows.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • Greg

        Exactly. You can see it clearly in national debt graphs where started quickly increasing during Reagan & Bush 1 administrations, levelled off during Clinton's years, shot up like a missile during W Bush, and is now starting to curve back toward level in Obama's first term. Oh wait....

        September 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  12. Reddogg

    No Child Left Behind certainly did the opposite! Teachers were teaching satandards of test and not standards of life! Why this has not been repealed by government up until now like the healthcare bill is? Huh?

    September 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  13. YBM

    Of course it needs to go away. NCLB is one of the primary reasons so many kids are graduating high school barely able to read at a 4th grade level. Teachers are not allowed to fail them, so they push them through. I was approached for the "troops to teachers" program when I left the military. I told them ok, but I would give the kids the grade they earn. I was told, "well, you can't really do that." So I told them I wasn't interested.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • me

      Yeah, we are passing way too many students that need to be held back. Why even have high schools if we have so many graduates who can barely put together a coherent sentence? America needs to remember how to be strict.

      September 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  14. guy

    Assessmenr by a university prof says 60% of kids sitting in university seats shouldn't be why not leave some kids behind before they make it to university and get themselves or their parents stuck with an enormous school debt....

    Kids don't get left's the school systems and teachers who have to find what that child really likes to do and what he or she excels at...then help them achieve their goals....not everyone is suited for university....and yet we see elementary or secondary schools having goals of 'preparing students for university'......HELLO!!! WAKE UP! A lot of kids could be great in tech or trades......when you figure we have about 750 skill sets to develop...I'm sure we can all find something we can learn and make a living at...

    September 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      Many of ways for making a living you are suggesting have already disappeared from the United States.

      September 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    TeaPublicans want to get rid of the Dept. of Education. Problem is they do not want to replace it with anything. They want every school district to just "GO FOR IT". That way their kids can grow up to be as stupid as they are.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  16. Cassandra

    It's kind of ironic that an article about education standards wasn't proof-read to ensure there were no errors.

    Second paragraph: The apostrophe should be after the 'S' in "states'" as you're talking about a possessive of multiple states, not just one.

    Fifth paragraph: Misspells "identified" and is missing a space after one of the full stops.

    Tenth paragraph: Missing a space before "District of Columbia" and one after it.

    Eleventh paragraph: The apostrophe should be after the 'S' in "states'" as you're talking about a possessive of multiple states, not just one.

    Twelfth paragraph: "From the by mid November" doesn't make sense.

    There is also inconsistent hyphenation throughout the article. "Career-ready" is both hyphenated and unhyphenated.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      Can you explain all the extra spaces between the words in your last sentence?

      September 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Jen

        They've fixed most of the errors now.

        September 26, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  17. JustObvious

    Between No Child Left behind and unfunded Medicare Part D, Republicans have forced extreme socialism and entitlements on the country. Now they give a slate of candidates who pride themselves on being stupid.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    If Rick Perry and his Vice Presidential nominee, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of Iran are elected you will not have to worry about eliminating "No Child Left Behind". Everybody will be left behindd that does not pony up the cash for them every month. Remember,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that's how TEXAS IS RUN.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • tony

      I think you're a bit confused there my liberal friend. Obama is the one who keeps asking for money every month or so for new bills that keep sinking us further into the Great Recession that only he believes has ended.
      Billions of American taxpayer dollars + Obama = servant of China
      I guess our President was one of the children left behind.

      September 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • me

      I live in Texas and if Rick Perry is elected as president, school textbooks and desks will all have a slot for a coin in it and you'll have to put a coin in every time you want to use them. That man is a walking joke.

      September 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • George


      September 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  19. J

    There is nothing to learn in America, just say " praise the lord" and we'll all be scientist, economists, doctors. At least Bush tried. he tried and succeeded at so many humane things, aids in africa what a thing! but That war just killed it all. Ok get rid of it and do what? Huh? Score it and fix it, don't ignore the issue this is not partisan it is a humane thing. I get from this blob, hey hey another repub failure. Shame on the liberals.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • SA

      You might try being COHERENT with your replies.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • merlinblack

      Wha...? Holy motherload! You are quite the illiterate one, aren't you? Where did YOU go to school? That incoherent babble isn't even intelligible. Wow! Can you tie your shoes?

      September 23, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  20. longbowbret

    For all you Bush haters out there, you all really need to read your history. The primary author of the 'No Child Left Behind' bill was...SENATOR TED KENNEDY!! That's right, this bill was a liberal agenda push that our former President lent his name to in an effort of bipartisanship. So, before you go blaming one political party or the other, at least comment with a modicum of intelligence.
    That said, I'm not saying the bill is the best thing out there, but it was an effort in the correct direction.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  21. Jim

    as someone whose political beliefs largely involve leaving children behind, I approve wholeheartedly of this.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  22. me

    No amount of money is going to make a bad student into a good student. It's all about parenting.
    Think of the smart Asian kid stereotype - people notice that Asians usually get good grades. it's not because Asians are born smarter or have more money; it's because their parents are really strict. If your kid can't read or write you need to pay attention and step in! Cancel your cable and buy some books.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Steve

    The law has not been a total failure. It has accomplished its major mission, the re-election of a large number of politicians. To be elected in our country you only need to sound good, you don't have to be good.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Racial Victim

    My son was more than left behind. He was punished for reporting that he and other white kids were being threatened on a daily basis. I have a letter from the school district stating my son can not go to some of his classes and he can only use the nurse's restroom. Can you imagine if they had sent a letter like this home with an african american kid. It appears to be ok if the kid is white because no one from lawyers to local politicians to a governor would help us. School board threatened me with arrest and a lawsuit because I kept going to school board meetings demanding that the superintendent be fired.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Terry Brookman

    No child left behind, boy that sounds good but no funding for that, let them grow up stupid so you can put them in front, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  26. Janet

    My son spent grades 1-8 in private Catholic school. But he wanted a public high school education.
    A good friend in high school had 3 siblings by 3 different fathers. Another tragically committed suicide at age 16. She was distraught over a broken relationship. A young man at her school started a fund in her honor then confiscated the donations to buy meth.
    Horrible, discusting, vulgar. Teachers turned a blind eye as thet had to move these kids onward.
    These were middle class families. But many lacked a male parental role. Mothers can't do everything. .
    My son learned a lot about the real world. I hope it was worth it.
    Poor parenting +poor teachers +government mandates =disaster.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Janet

      BTW I voted for Obama. Not impressed.
      Nothing changes. Because to change the country we have to change the family dynamic. You have to tell American parents to start parenting. You have to tell fathers to be physically there for children and to support them financially.
      And we have to tell mothers that one woman rarely parents multiple children successfully and that the odds are stacked against her. The ouside forces are too great.
      We have to tell parents to spend as much time helping children with homework as they do watching really bad TV.
      What politician will do that?

      September 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  27. Fil

    Holy cow! Comments deliver! How such a bunch of idiots can be assembled in one place?

    September 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  28. George

    Republicans and TEA Baggers want to privatize everything...even the air you breathe. You'll pay for air like a utility bill.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Keep up with the Soros/Huffington Lies and propoganda. Or are you one of their paid Ministers of Mis-information?

      September 23, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  29. CA

    Two things:. One I've always understood that NCLB was jointly written by the Bush Education people and Sen. Ted Kennedy–possibly because his contributions did not have to jump through all the hoops that the unions require on Democratic written legislation. Two: Didn't NCLB replace a lot of similar standards that the Clinton admin had. The only thing, Clinton people always gave waivers so no one hated them.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  30. 66Biker

    Yes, this stupid law should be history. If they named it what it really is it would be called "No Politician Left Behind".

    September 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  31. longbowbret

    To go further on my previous post...the bill first gained traction during former President Bill Clinton's tenure, but was defeated in congress. It was presented by the democratic party, but did not garner enough votes.
    All previous comments posted that say this was a Republican idea, Tea Party, whatever..are not based in fact. This bill was a complete liberal leaning agenda based bill. If you are going to make an argument on who is at fault, you should at least know the facts...The democratic party wanted this piece of legislation and they got what they wanted...Oh, that's right, it isn't working so it's Bush's fault..I forgot, I'm arguing with 5 year olds..

    September 23, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  32. Mamaoffour

    I have a 2 children in school so far and it really seems like "no child left behind" should really be called "we teach mediocrity" kids who can pass the tests aren't pushed to excel which is wrong. We shouldn't be teaching them that just passing is good enough but being the best is what they should strive for.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  33. Ryan Jahnle

    I do agree that we should be concerned about the dropping scores but it cannot be forgotten that tests like the SAT are portrayed to students by educators, colleges, and testers as the be all end all. If you don't get a certain score, then you WILL NOT get into certain schools. That sounds exaggerated but it is simply a fact. Some students prepare for the test as if its the end of the world if they don't do well on a test one day out of an ENTIRE year. To me, I still do not and will never understand how one test can predict your life. The high stakes testing atmosphere laid on high students today is unreasonable most of the time to be completely fair. Furthermore, SAT tests can test your knowledge but a lot of times they do the opposite. The pressure can be defeating for many students including those who have test anxiety and can not focus on the biggest test in their lives.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  34. Aaron

    NCLB was a solid idea which was poor in implementation. It doesn't recognize increases in achievement but instead looks at test scores, which tell only a part of the educational story. Forcing teachers to "teach to the test" has the effect not of increasing achievement but ensuring that enrichment through cross-study has no time in the curriculum.

    II always found that my best study through all levels of school was when there were activities that did not necessarily teach to a test but taught me how to think on different levels. Hopefully we can get back to this sort of education before we fall too much further behind other nations in achievement and overall level of intelligence. The US used to be where ideas were born, but now we've narrowed the minds of millions of students that were forced to stress tests that have no real significance over the long term.

    The US education system has been in decline for many years now (much before GWB and Obama, both of whom seem to have the guts to try to fix the system). The long term recovery of the US will start in elementary and secondary classrooms and continue as those students move into college and/or into industry. It's in the best interest of our national defense to have as many young minds as well enriched as possible before we come to an intellectual breaking point.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  35. partysstink

    Please let this stupid idea die.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  36. CaliforniaBC

    No Child Left Behind...a wonderful example of the Republican Party's "small government" philosophy.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  37. GaryB

    No Child Left Behind is kind of like the Republican's Blue Sky act, In practice, both laws tended to do the opposite of what their names implied. Good marketing, bad law.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:35 am |
  38. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I couldn't say that the 'No Child Left Behind' program was a total failure. I believe it was the 'one' good initiative put together by former First Lady Laura Bush, a teacher herself, that did put 'education' on the 'front-burner' of Americas' 'to do list'. It actually began to open up 'pandoras box' to show us the urgency of the need to make education in America a priority. It gave us something to start from. The initiative needed tweeking, revamping, updating, and building on, but it did put focus on it.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • Steve

      In addition to needing tweeking, revamping, updating and building on - No Child Left Behind also needed to be FUNDED and never was. It was a total failure as a program, and many children in the last 10 years have been "left behind" as a result.

      September 23, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  39. Mike

    NCLB is a terrible law and another example of what happens when the Federal government meddles in matters best left to state or local government or the people themselves, but I'm outraged at this administration's disregard for Federal law. Unless I'm mistaken, NCLB doesn't give the executive branch the authority to issue these waivers. It is tyranny when the President – any President – acts as though he is above the law, regardless of how good his intentions are.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  40. Rob

    No Child Left Behind actually originated under the regime of Johnson. Bush just slapped a new name on the legislation. It has been successful in the sense that it has focused a spotlight on the achievement gap in America and moved funding to provide resources to close the gap. Now it will be the same ole, same ole.

    September 23, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  41. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I always liked Laura Bush anyway. I believe she had more tact, discipline, frugality, and sense than her husband did. I believe had he listened to her sometimes, rather than Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove, we wouldn't have ended up in the shape we're in! Reagans' proported 'good' legacy is all because he listened to Nancy mosttimes! You see, I don't mind giving credit where I know or believe it's due, unlike many who make it their businesses to bash and berate everything FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA attempts to do.

    September 23, 2011 at 6:09 am |
    • Lee

      Too bad that Reagan's "legacy" is mostly concocted and not based in reality. Besides, Ronnie listened to Nancy's astrologist.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • Joe

        President Reagan was alot better than this Bozo idiot obama

        Obama has no clur he's a community organizer not a president H'es a Disgrace dump the bum in 2012

        September 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  42. Joe Schwartz

    An education initiative called CAPE in the Chicago school district found that in schools that provided a high amount of exposure to the arts, scores in math and reading almost doubled – a little over 150% for math and about 175% for reading. NCLB stresses an arts component but since arts isn't included in standardized testing, schools dump their arts programs and focus on what can be tested. Their scores go down and they blame the system. The scores will go up when administrators are hired who have the vision and tenacity to listen to their faculty, who understand more about the links between the arts and learning than most administrators care to. BTW, schools with a high exposure to art also saw an increase in attendance and a higher graduation rate – go figure. These are all facts readily available on the internet, but if they don't come with the title "Desperate Teachers of NJ", they are largely ignored. We're more concerned about drunk, loud women who dress poorly (who are also not intelligent enough to be teachers) than we are about raising a generation of children to take care of us in our old age.

    September 23, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  43. noteabags

    "As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured."
    —President George W. Bush, on the No Child Left Behind Act, Sept. 26, 2007

    September 23, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  44. Ken

    It needs to be left behind. It was started with good intentions, but it's implementation and the eventual focus of the program was a failure.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  45. lt_murgen

    Instead of rewarding high performing schools with additional funds, we should reward schools with the greatest year over year increase in school scores.

    That way, wealthy schools with children of educated parents that are already at the top of the heap cannot improve much- they have no where else to improve (90 to 95 % = 5 perrcent).

    Those that find a way to significant improvement (say 25%-40%) get more funds to continue their good work.,

    September 23, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  46. waldo

    Discipline at home is where true education begins, many of today's kids do not get it.Abe lincoln became one of the greatest presidents ever and his education started in a log cabin, using the back of a shovel for a blackboard and coal for a pencil.One thing Lincoln had though was discipline.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  47. Babooph

    This was for the lower classes,never a need to fund it well...

    September 23, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  48. Mike

    No child left behind doesn't work. Kids are battered with tests and teachers are left teaching to the test instead of grabbing our children's interest. We need to rethink and rework our educational system. Teachers are a boon to the nation and should be treated as such.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  49. AGeek

    "No Child Left Behind" functionally no different than "Everyone Held Back" or "Teach to the Lowest Common Denominator". The only thing this plan ever did was make our kids as dumb as the President who put it forth.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • Lee

      Amen, or however they say that word in Texas. maybe Aaaayyyyyyy-mn.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • jean2009


      September 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  50. C-Lo

    Thanks all you Dem's who see this as a failed Big Gov't policy. Even if it and Med-D were well intentioned, they are more examples of why big gov't doesn't work. In reality these are more Dem style programs of expanding Fed Govt's reach on states and individuals. NO MORE BIG GOV'T PROGRAMS...they eventually fail every time.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Bush

      So bad Republican policies are automatically it.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:31 am |
      • C-Lo

        No, but thanks for putting words in my mouth (or actually taking a bit of what I said and moving it out of context). I said big gov't legislation was "Dem-style," which, by extention are bad policies. But what I did NOT say were that bad Republican policies were automatically Dem style. Now "you got it?"

        September 26, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  51. Debbie

    I'm for a program that would insure that all children get an equal education in this country. What I don't like is when resources are taken from some children to give to others. Our schools are over crowded because children are bused in from the city. Now our children don't have books to take home to do their homework, lunch prices have gone up for those who pay while others get free lunch, activities have been taken out of school, etc... This isn't fair.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • iamthefredman

      WRONG. It is not the busing of city kids. It is the exorbitant salaries and pensions that take away all the money for books and supplies. If they paid teachers less, they could HIRE MORE TEACHERS. If they cut their benefits they could buy more SUPPLIES. GET IT ?

      September 23, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • guest

        When was the last time that you actually looked up how little the teachers in your local school district made annually? I assume that you are paid well for the work that you do right? Teachers are only paid for time during the school day. What about those exceptional teachers that spend hours going above and beyond their pay to insure that their students have extraordinary, invigorating lessons. When was the last time you took your job home and spent hours planning for the next day... all without being reimbursed for it? Please for the love of god show some respect for the people that really try to make our childrens future a better one.

        September 23, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • urfredthewoman

        wrong – YOU are the sick joke – idiot

        September 23, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • koss

        How do you pay teachers less...they are one of the Most overworked and underpaid profession in our is not just an 8 hour job with summers off you ignoramous. They work all year round and because of NCLB they now have mountains of paperwork on top of hours of grading. Before you spout that ignorant stupid tea party talking point out of your equally ignorant stupid mouth!!! Teachers should be respected and revered as they are in Asia and education should be valued. Wait thats right you Tea Party idiots don't beleive in things like science or facts so why value those who teach them right. MORON!

        September 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • DDB1275

        Pay teachers less... are you kidding you must not know what teachers make then. I make more as an office manager than my husband as a teacher and he puts in triple the amount of hours. What they need to do is get rid of the teachers union who does nothing but put their own agendas in front of everyones so they can get there large paychecks, not pay administrators and superintendents 6 figure salaries. Don't get me started on the parents that could care less. Teachers are teachers not babysitters and police.

        September 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • yourreallyfunny

        the entire thought that teachers are overpaid is completely ludicrous and blatantly wrong. Is it the teachers fault they were offered a pension? NO its not. It's not their fault they were told they would have something after they retire in exchnage for pretty low annual wages and now because of fiscal irresponsibility, the schools cant pay out their promises. Your ignorance however, is proof the education system under NCLB isn't working.

        September 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And I wonder just how much $$ is syphoned out of schools/teachers' pay for NEA, FTA and the various state "organizations."

        September 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  52. Kate

    Most teachers would be thrilled to see it die.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  53. Huh?

    Hey CNN, Proof read your work! "and theDistrict of Columbiaare working" shows you why we NEED STANDARDS!

    Federal government needs to STOP FUNDING EDUCATION. It is a state and local matter, not the Federal's job! Soon, Education is a pit where money is just being burn! But yet, some, wants to burn more for nothing!

    September 23, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  54. Charlie

    "[A] state should recognize and reward the highest achieving schools that serve low income students "

    So this is saying that poor people are not as smart as rich people. Could this explain why rich get richer and the poor get poorer?

    September 23, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  55. Bush

    I guess the verdict is in on the last Bush policy people cited as a success. The only one anyone still supports is his African abstinence program to prevent AIDS. How's that going?

    September 23, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  56. woodrow

    No child left behind penalizes schools and children who do not pass their tests. This is the worst plan I've ever heard of. We do not kick people when they are down. We help them get up.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  57. superlogi

    The educational system in this country began to deteriorate when the Federal Government got involved in it and when it became beholden to teachers unions and vice versa.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  58. iamthefredman

    OPT-OUT is another win for the lazy do-nothing-don't-really-teach Teachers Unions. No private company would ever allow "the loonies to run the asylum", but that is how the Teachers Unions and all unions operate. They run the school systems their way. They have NO accountability to actually prove they are teaching or capable of teaching. NCLB was the first and maybe ONLY effort to bring accountability. Obama is sucking up to the unions to get votes again. It's sickening. Kids lose again. OPT-OUT neans if you fail, just lower the standards. If test score of 65 was failing, let's make 45 failing so it shows that statistically more schools passed. WHAT A SICK JOKE.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • guest

      If you had read the article you would have picked up on the part where opting-out requires ample evaluation of teachers above and beyond simple test scores and accountablilty. Please remember that not every teacher is a member of or even interested in Unions. I am continually disgusted with how the politics played by our deadbeat Congress ravages the future of our children.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • koss

      Hey Captain Tea Party
      First-Teachers are being demonized all over the nation and blamed by conservatives especially for the poor education system. It is NOT teachers they show up and do a job that YOU could NEVER do for almost NO money- what is wrong is you have ignorant parents who don't pay attention to their own kids education then when little Jimmy can't read they blame the school. Education is a partnership between Parent/Student/Teacher but when two of the three don't do there job why should the third suffer?
      Second- I am NO union supporter but when you have a state like Florida/Texas/South Carolina that has gutted education to a point of bare bones and fired thousands of GOOD teachers along with the bad citing budget problems but never would they cut lets say FOOTBALL budgets. Who fights for thses hardworking people- NO ONE but unions.
      Third-NCLB is a poor attempt at reform because the ideas were valid but it went largely unfunded. Lowering standards is bad but not giving the resouces or putting educators in charge of implementation but leaving it up to people with a political agenda in charge and not the welfare of students is why it fails.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • yourreallyfunny

      stop getting your every thought from fox news. NCLB has proven time and time again it's a waste and does nothing to help children actually learn anything. The only reason teachers dont teach right now is they are all so pressured to teach students the next test they will be taking.

      the only sick joke here is your INCORRECT opinions. You probably didnt even read the article to see what the actual replacement plan was.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  59. Terri

    No Child Left Behind was a disaster in Texas BEFORE GWB pushed it nationally. Following ANYONE blindly as we tend to do when it goes along with what "your" party is preaching is truely the death of our nation.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  60. Thomas

    Voting history of the bill:
    House: 384 yes, 45 no, 4 present/not voting
    Party breakdown: Democrat – 197 yes, 10 no, 3 no votes
    Republican – 185 yes, 34 no, 1 no vote
    Senate: 91 yes, 8 no, 1 present/no vote
    Party breakdown: Democrat – 47 yes, 2 no, 1 no vote
    Republican – 43 yes, 6 no
    Independent – 1 yes
    I'm independent, but it seems like democrats wanted this bill more than republicans and now everybody is blaming bush on it when it passed through the congress with flying colors. Hmmmmm

    September 23, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  61. mab

    Once again, Obama defends the unions and hurts our kids. This needs to end soon.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  62. keeth

    Is our children learning? -GWB

    September 23, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  63. Randy

    Like all Repub programs it's name was a misdirect. The real name was "Yes leave the children behind" program so they won't compete with the rich kids for space at Yale and Harvard.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  64. Susan Cady

    As a former teacher, let me tell you that testing alone does not determine how well a child is doing or will do. NCLB was a silly attempt by the Bush governbment to control education. Remember–you cannot overcome the home.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  65. Susan Cady

    As a former teacher, let me tell you that testing alone does not determine how well a achild is doing or will do. NCLB was a silly attempt by the Bush government to control education. Schools cannot overcome the home when it comes to instilling information in children.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  66. Satellite M35x-S1491 Battery

    In my opinion that No Child Left Behind was the worst program set up by the Bush administration and I wish that was never put in place.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  67. SouthernCelt

    Another example of a great idea that was completely mishandled. There are 4 types of students in every class. The first type will breeze through class with all the knowledge, the second type will easily work their way through it, the third type will struggle through it, and the fourth type will be completely lost. The fourth kid is where the money should have been spent instead of dragging the other three to its level. Help those that need help and leave the rest of us alone!

    September 23, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  68. Steve

    If dumping NCLB fixes the problem of kids learning and the teachers having more resources, I'm for it. If dumping NCLB, does not fix the problem of kids learning and teachers having more resources, I'm against it. Getting rid of the Dept of Education is just another guise for breaking the NEA. Nothing more nothing less. When are we going to dump the two party epic failure of a system we have and actually DO something to FIX education in this country?

    September 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  69. notsohappyparent

    Last year my daughter's 7th grade ADVANCED math teacher started teaching a chapter, which she went over the chapter in ONE DAY, Quizzed the class the NEXT DAY, and then Tested them the NEXT DAY(after going over the quiz). My daughter scored 75's on both, which she is capable of much better... But then the teacher spent the next THREE WEEKS going over basic 7th grade math concepts (may I remind you my daughter is in ADVANCED math) so the kids would be ready for the state's standardization tests! The schools are so intent on upping the scores on the standardization tests that normal class material is blown off at the cost of the students!

    September 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  70. Ron

    Gotta love Republicans– all for state's rights until Obama actually proposes a commonsense, pro-state's rights measure that would roll back one more of Bush's terrible policies. Then, of course, it's "undermining the authority of congress."

    More hypocrisy from the right.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  71. Tired O Da Crap

    HAHAHA – Yes, let's help low income area schools, by dumbing down the standards. That will surely get the kids in those areas the education that they need to get out of the low income areas! What a joke this Barrack guy is!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  72. JeffinIL

    NCLB was designed for public schools to fail meeting the goals. The whole idea was to provide a way for the federal government to stop funding public education.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  73. koss

    fredman -you really have no idea how education in this nation works do you. If you did have a cluen you would probably never say half the ignorant tea party talking points you have been throwing out at us. Think for yourself go into a school do some research and stop getting alll your info from Beck/Hannity/Rush-these three are idiots and entertainers that make up 50% of what they say!!!!!!!! You just spew their nonsense instead of your own thoughts!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  74. William

    My child is 2 and I've been dreading sending her into a school where NCLB is used. I want her to have access to classes involving critical thinking...not just learn how to take tests. About time this debacle of a policy is dismantled.

    I truly feel sorry for the lost generation that passed through this...who were shortchanged and learned little.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  75. lazy teacher

    sounds like we need some new teachers, maybe they should fire a few thousand and the others will get the idea and start working

    September 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  76. svann

    What no child left behind really does is cut funding to schools where the students are not doing well. How is that supposed to help students? What should be done is target the failing schools and either hire better teachers or give the current teachers more training.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • rlcommenter

      Wanting results from teaching is too much to ask from you..

      September 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  77. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I don't think students learning nor teachers resources will be enhanced by the dumping of NCLB. I believe it needs to be technologized, re-specialized, re-qualified, re-standardized, and re-instituted into the Dept of Education, with continued support as well as oversight by the federal government. If we can continue to subsidize BIG OIL, BIG PHARMA, keep giving the wealthy exuberant TAXCUTS, well my goodness, we certainly should be making sure all of our nations children have the best education possible.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  78. Lee

    NCLB was a flawed plan designed by a child who was left behind – George W. The plan is more about politics than education.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Tony

      This is pretty much what I said, except my comment was aimed at Obama. Mine was deleted; this one wasn't. Good 'ole fair and balanced media ya. There is nothing like it.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  79. rob

    Where is the accountability on the parents to make sure their kids are doing the work at home so that their skills in school improve? Granted we have some horrid teachers in the system, but even the bad ones can only do so much when the parents do nothing at home.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  80. Tony

    My first post was deleted by the moderator because I criticized his/her liberal messiah. I get how CNN works now. Obama is like Voldemort. His name shall not be spoken, unless the moderator okays it and it is spoken of with reverence. Long live the unbiased media!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  81. JeanneLH

    NCLB sounded so noble...who wouldn't buy into it? But then, it was never funded properly and people were teaching to the test (who could blame them?) and then the Charter schools became a breeding ground for all kinds of graft, including a whole lot of teachers having improper relationships with students. It needs to quietly go away.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  82. wassup

    I know someone who is making tons of money off the No Child Left Behind scheme with their private tutoring company. I mean lots and lots. It's sad really.....meant to go to teach kids but too much going into the owner's pocket. and it's all legit too

    September 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  83. rlcommenter

    NCLB gave more Federal Money to public schools than god.... Don't forget it's what funding computers in schools... Public Schools had never gotten that kind of money from the Federal Government....

    To condemn Bush for funding schools... basically sending more money than anyone had ever dreamed of is a shame....

    September 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  84. pHEW

    Obama will change it to "no unionized teacher left behind" – regardless of level of ability.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  85. Alex

    Great intentions, but we must remember with what the road to Hell is paved. I look at my old high school, which was already poverty area and it had a high dropout rate when I graduated in 2001 (as one of only two Valedictorians). Since NCLB, their funding has been cut three times and they're laying off teachers left and right, doubling class sizes, and nothing works because the area is just plain poor and most kids have no desire nor ability to be college-bound. Throwing money at a problem may not help, but taking it away will almost certainly hurt.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  86. About time

    Please put this Bush era dog of a program to sleep.

    September 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  87. terrellm

    no child left behind is hurting alot of kids... and is a big reason alot of kids drop out of school.. they force children into a grade that their not mentally ready for and hence eventually drop out of.. but i still think it should be decided by each state..

    September 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  88. Shujuan

    The teachers in Atalanta who lost their positions should be re-hired. This is not their fault. They were following instructions from the top. The superintendent is gone. Bring those teachers back. This was wrong, yes. But punishing the teachers is also wrong. The NCLB based the success of schools on test scores. All children do not learn the same way. There are factors of test anxiety, Special Education students are required to take the same CRCT as regualar education students, ESOL students, whose primary language is not English is required to take the same test with a dictionary in their language. Its ridiculous to base test scores on teh success of schools. Get rid of NCLB. It hurts teachers as well, because we are hired and "let go" (Good teachers) based on the requriements of NCLB

    September 26, 2011 at 9:52 am |
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