Wednesday, November 23, 2005

No Child Challenge Stymied: Federalism Suffers

A federal judge threw out a case brought by several states, including Vermont, Texas, OH, PA and others, asserting that the No Child Left Behind Act mandates too much state expenditure. The NY Times reports:

Chief U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman, based in eastern Michigan, said, ''Congress has appropriated significant funding'' and has the power to require states to set educational standards in exchange for federal money.

If it has the power, should it use that power? No Child Left Behind is an unprecedented federal intrusion into the state/local government function of education. That its champion should be a Republican president is astonishing and disturbing. Fear of losing NCLB monies is becoming a primary overarching concern of school districts. Rather than fostering a culture of excellence among teachers, NCLB engenders a cynical attitude which is an obstacle to real achievement.

But the NEA and the states mentioned have gone to court rather than to the American people to counter NCLB. It's time that we repealed this counterproductive law in a definitive way, through the legislature. Contact your US Representative and write a quick note.


At 7:04 AM, Blogger Epaminondas said...

Federal locking of syllabuses (bi ?) as means to ensure aid $$ is locked to what is taught has been going on a while, far longer than this program.

There's not enough of us in between Noam Chomsky and James Dobson

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