Tag Archives | No Child Left Behind

Minnesota schools lose $74M under GOP plan, White House says

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, February 13, 2015 The Republican-backed measure to oust No Child Left Behind would hurt the nation’s poorest schools, the report says. The Obama administration said Friday that schools supporting the nation’s poorest students will see significant cuts under a measure spearheaded by U.S. Rep. John Kline and backed by House Republicans. […]

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Battle Lines Drawn on Annual Testing in ESEA Renewal

Alyson Klein and Lauren Camera, Education Week, January 16, 2015 Thirteen years after mandating high-stakes testing, Congress is kicking off its most serious attempt yet to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with partisan wrangling over whether to ditch the law’s signature schedule of annual assessments. But a closer look shows that, behind the scenes, the politics […]

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Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, January 13, 2015   The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful. Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending […]

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Minnesota Department of Education Announces 2014 Celebration Schools

Press Release — Minnesota Department of Education, December 17, 2014   Today, the Minnesota Department of Education announced that 22 schools are being recognized as Celebration schools for their efforts to increase student achievement. This year, 143 schools applied for the honor. “I want to congratulate these schools for this incredible accomplishment,” said Education Commissioner […]

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GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing

Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 15, 2014 Senate GOP aides, who are hoping to get a bill reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act on the runway early in the new year, are getting started on legislation that looks very similar to a bill Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Senate education […]

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GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities

Lauren Camera, Education Week, November 7, 2014 After easily capturing the number of seats they needed take control of the U.S. Senate—and padding their majority in the House of Representatives—congressional Republicans have laid out an aggressive education policy agenda that includes overhauling the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law and the mammoth Higher Education Act. […]

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Mend, not end, No Child Left Behind

Star Tribune Editorial, July 28, 2013 – There is nearly universal agreement that the controversial No Child Left Behind federal education law should be changed. But while congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle agree on that point, they are worlds apart on what those changes should be. The House version of a replacement bill […]

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More states freed from No Child Left Behind law

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press (Minnesota Public Radio), July 6, 2012 – SEATTLE (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday that two more states, Washington and Wisconsin, will be exempted from many requirements of the federal “No Child Left Behind” education law. The decision brings to 26 the number of states granted waivers as Congress remains […]

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School ratings are no trick — just progress

Rob Prater, Star Tribune Commentary, June 27, 2012 – Charlie Weaver was substantially off-target in his criticism of the state educational rankings (“State schools score better — like magic,” June 24). Weaver claimed that the new system is watered down because not enough schools are “red-flagged,” but he didn’t say why the old system, Adequate […]

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State schools score better — like magic

Charlie Weaver, Commentary, Star Tribune, June 23, 2012 – Actually, it is a bit of magic, or at least sleight-of-hand, in terms of standards. “Poof” isn’t normally the sound you hear when a state agency uploads a new database to its website. But if you listened closely as the Minnesota Department of Education uploaded its […]

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