Today marks the five-year anniversary of President Bush’s signing of the No Child Left Behind Act. As our editorial on today’s Opinion page notes, the law has brought some progress, but it has major flaws — particularly its impossible mandate that all students must be proficient in reading in math by 2014.
The law is also requiring the Wichita school district to have to spend $400,000 so far this school year on private tutors to help several “failing” schools and their low-income students meet No Child Left Behind standards.
The tutoring itself isn’t so much the issue — the struggling kids need help. The problem is that no one seems to know whether the tutoring will make a difference in student achievement, or exactly how the program will be evaluated.
What if Johnny still can’t read after all that expense?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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