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Study Predicts Increase in Schools Failing to Meet NCLB Standards
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A new national study by the non-partisan Center on Education Policy projects a sharp increase in the number of schools failing to meet academic standards under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

This year marks the half-way point to President Bush’s ambitious 2014 deadline when all  students in the U.S. are expected meet the target of 100%  academic proficiency.  Half the states have set steady annual goals – and CT is among that group.. But other states started modestly  are about to face what Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy describes as the academic equivalent of a mortgage payment ballooning beyond an ability to pay.

"If we as a country set a goal that we want to put a man on the moon as we did in 1961, we had to concentrate an enormous effort to achieve that goal.  What we’ve done with NCLB is set a goal that we want all students to be proficient by a certain year, but we have not mobilized the resources or the attention as a nation to achieve that goal."

The law was to be renewed this year. But Congress has not taken action on No Child Left Behind and is not expected to do so in the immediate future. Jennings  says though Connecticut schools are doing  relatively well, the state is still not achieving proficiency levels for all students



The reason why no one is talking about No Child Left Behind is that it will, itself, soon be left behind by the changing of the guard in Washington. No one will rue this from happening; not the Democrats who have contended the program's goals are unrealistic (which they are) nor the Republicans who have already borrowed trillions and are worried about the increasingly bankrupt economy they have created through wanton borrowing and war. The best part is it allows both sides plenty of ammunition for future finger-pointing. Failing schools and bloated education budgets will force massive retrenchment in funding for education just in time to pay for the increasing burdens posed by health care and Social Security.
The goal is laudable, but the pie is shrinking. You just can't have a full orchestra playing on the decks of the Titanic's lifeboats.