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NJ Governor Demands Changes in NCLB

Ohanian Comment: Those of you who still think NCLB is Republican legislation, please note the party affiliation of the politician credited with helping to write the legislation.

NCLB is Business Roundtable legislation, passed with complicity of both parties.

TRENTON - Gov. McGreevey has written to federal education officials demanding changes to the No Child Left Behind Act after many state schools were warned they were falling short of standards set by the law.

McGreevey sent a letter yesterday to Education Secretary Rod Paige saying implementation of the law was flawed and unfair.

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), who helped write the law, said bad judgment by the Department of Education and a lack of federal funding were forcing good schools to appear to fall short.

In New Jersey, officials have identified 271 high schools and 245 elementary and middle schools with eighth grades that were warned they were falling short of standards set by the 2001 law. Those numbers represent almost half of public schools with eighth grades and about 75 percent of high schools in the state.

McGreevey complained to Paige that more than half the high schools missed fewer than four of the 40 benchmark targets.

The 40 performance indicators included evaluation of students with learning disabilities and limited English speaking skills, McGreevey's letter said.

"The inability of just one of these groups to achieve a specified level of proficiency and missing just one of the 40 indicators can subject an entire school to the loss of critical federal funding and the stigma of a 'failed school,' " he wrote.

— Associated Press
McGreevey says school standards law is flawed
Philadelphia Inquirer


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