Thursday, September 27, 2007

School boards ask for changes to law


School boards across the state are asking Congress for changes in the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The Alabama Association of School Boards is asking all 181 local school systems in the state to adopt resolutions endorsing changes to the 2001 law, which requires schools to show state-defined progress on standardized tests in reading, math and soon science.

Oxford’s school board is the latest to take a look at the resolution. Members received it last week and will probably vote on it in October.

“We’re not saying (reauthorization) will be perfect,” said Oxford Superintendent Jeff Goodwin.

“Most people, as they find out more about the law, really aren’t as supportive of it as they are of local school systems working with the citizens they represent.”

Oxford board member Mally Moody said she thought the resolution was a good idea.

“No teacher ever wants to leave a child behind,” she said. “Some of the mandates that come down are not looking out for the best interest of the child.”

The resolution asks Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, to support an improvement act introduced in the House in January. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has languished in committee since then.

See the full story here.

Read the full text of Young's proposal here.

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