2002 The law "No Child Left Behind" signed by President George W. Bush on January 8 changed the way schools should deal with their student populations. While the verdict still depends on whether the NCLB benefits all schools across the country, the question still remains to be asked whether it even matters. After all, are schools developed for the benefit of their schools or the students they have? Several states are now discussing the NCLB, declaring that they are losing money as a result of this law. Before barefooting with the current president of our country, remember that the NCLB's original purpose was pure. When schools failed to meet federal standards across the country, something had to be done, and later in the history of education for the first time a level of responsibility was implemented across the country. It seemed like a good idea to tie the results down to the bottom.
The NCLB has had four years to work, and even now many states disagree with the current administration on the effectiveness of this new law. "The state legislature of Utah has adopted a plan that prioritizes higher education over the NCLB, though that decision could cost the state more than $ 76 million in federal funding. Colorado also allows local communities to exit the NCLB without sanctions. state "by Ellen R. Delisio (Education-World.com, 2005).
More states are following the fight against the NCLB and the Federal Government. At the center of attention is the fact that the federal government has given states a mandate, but has not paid states enough money to carry out that mandate. An excellent example of this is in Connecticut, where officials have recently found that full implementation of the NCLB will cost the state $ 41.6 million more than the state receives from the federal government during fiscal year 2008. (Education-World.com, 2005)
Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against the NCLB; this claim is pending. The fact is that Connecticut schools often perform higher, based on standardized tests annually. However, there are significant pockets of failure among minority children, which is why the NCLB was created to provide quality education to students in all fields. Civil rights leaders have taken a serious stance in the fight, stating that Connecticut's lawsuit is "bad advice" and will only harm children.
On September 1, a list of schools that were deemed to have failed was released. 13 Eastern Valley schools in Arizona have failed in line with NCLB guidelines. It is reported that 21% of Arizona schools were unable to meet "appropriate yearly progress", up 3 percentage points & # 39; From 04: All the information seems to point to our school system moving backwards. Despite data showing that 21% of Arizona schools "did not make proper progress," SAT scores for Arizona students are high.
A new industry has exploded since the creation of NCLB. For the past 4 years, a number of educational companies have found, in the 1800s, a list of a number of programs in our state's Supplementary Education Service Providers (ASU news release, 8/29). The most prominent of these companies are making millions of dollars in revenue and creating an alien market by failing to reach their disadvantaged students at school. Before 1800+ companies have developed SES programs, Newton Learning (reported & # 39; 04; 80,000 – 90,000 SES students) and Sylvan Learning (reported & # 39; 04) among approximately 70,000 undergraduate students, consistently fight in the best place. These programs are free for students, but they generate millions of dollars, taxpayer dollars, for their existing companies. The struggle for student numbers in these programs is fierce. These companies are aggressively pursuing the student population to be included in their programs for net profit.
The fact is that one student participating in the SES provider is participating in approximately $ 1500 in attendance. This fee gives these companies millions of dollars and borrows those dollars directly from schools. Millions of taxpayer dollars are being removed from schools and into the pockets of private sector companies, all with the help of students, improving their academic standing. Some companies have compiled statistics to prove that their programs are better than others. The numbers don't lie. Or they are easy to use and manipulate statistics to prove what your purpose is. Students really benefit.
Some SES providers make so much money that they can afford to offer students incentives to attend. There are students all over the country who are raising $ 100 for perfect participation. The payoff is so significant that SES providers can pay their employees, develop and purchase materials, create marketing materials, and offer students incentives to participate in their program.
No wonder taxpayers refuse to vote in favor of school bonds in the republic. With millions of dollars left over from schools and into the private sector, why do we think taxpayers who are already taxed to death will offer more cash to a seemingly meaningless education hole? The new instruction is for parents to receive external educational support for students. This year, parents are expected to spend $ 2.5 billion on a general level for additional science education. This can be & nbsp; the answer. Why can students learn the necessary information during the same school day as their parents and grandparents?
So what's the solution? No one has come up with a solution that works. One has to question whether the answer is millions of dollars from the current school system. The fact that students are not provided with the basic level of education required by the tribune is unacceptable. The question is how we have transformed an entire education system to succeed.
Allow me to ponder something over the next few months as the whole NCLB situation manifests itself across the country. The problem is not the teachers or the principles within the schools, it's just a matter of systems. The system doesn't work, but we continue to stand it as it gets better. Our current education system is outdated and does not reach our current client. And what about taking away the millions of dollars that find their way into private multi-million dollar businesses and scattering teachers who create a conducive learning environment? Why not pay teachers to find ways to reach their population? The fact is that teaching is one of the lowest paid professions in the world. We noticed this and kept the money in the school and paid for teachers who acquire and reach their student populations while providing special training for those who cannot reach their students.