The Washington Post on September 10 had this to say as Congress begins to deliberate on the fate of No Child Left Behind:
Does this country want to make schools better — or just make schools look better? If Congress is true to the noble idea that all children, no matter their races, family incomes or circumstances, can learn to read and do math, it must reject suggestions that make a charade of standards and accountability.
Can’t get much clearer than that. But how about giving real relief to parents who are stuck in failing schools? I believe (emphasis on “believe”, as in I have heard from reliable sources) that the number of students in the Worcester Public Schools whose parents availed themselves of the choice provisions of NCLB in 2006 amounted to 1.
How about giving parents recourse in those school districts that do not publicize the choice options open to parents?