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Monday, 10 July 2006 14:15

'No Child Left Behind' Still Just A Catchy Name; Bush Admin Continues to Ignore Own Plan

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act mandated that the nation's poorest schools be staffed with fully qualified teachers over four years. Faced with the failure of all fifty states to meet this requirement by tomorrow's deadline, the Bush Administration has finally established a solution: push the deadline back another year. Today, the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights released a report on the problem in hopes that it will finally be addressed. "Improving the quality and equitable assignment of teachers is a paramount civil rights issue for school children," the report noted. "Minority and low-income students are disproportionately taught by less qualified teachers." The Commission found that "increased scrutiny . . . is necessary because states, districts, and the U.S. Department of Education have over the past four years demonstrated high levels of inattention and, in some instances, deep-seated resistance to the law's teacher quality provisions." Rep. George Miller, the Education Committee Ranking Member, responded to the report by saying, "it is time for states and the Bush administration to treat teacher quality as the priority it has always been." "We have a lot of work to do to fulfill the commitment we made to our children's future," Sen. Ted Kennedy agreed. To read the full report, click here: http://www.cccr.org/DaysofReckoning.pdf A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT