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Marlboro Vermont School Board Resolution

The Marlboro School Board [Vermont] Makes the Following Resolution, April 9th, 2004

We believe that the No Child Left Behind Act is an inherently flawed piece of legislation that fails students and fails schools. The administrative and testing requirements are time consuming and expensive and do not serve the needs of students. The tests are not designed to challenge or engage students and they do not aid in their learning. NCLB is a vehicle to remove control of our children’s education from local communities and school districts and place that control with the Federal Government.

Vermont State Standards are already quite high, and our students continue year after year to do well on the State tests. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as dictated by the NCLB Act demands that each school improve each year, with an expectation that 100% of all students will pass standardized tests developed specifically for NCLB by the year 2014. It is our belief that under this measure of “progress” eventually all schools will find themselves “failing”. The legislation's solution for parents that find their children in a “failing” school is to encourage them to move their children to schools that have not yet been labeled as “failing to progress”. Inevitably we believe that this will undermine communities and create classism.

The Marlboro Elementary School District Board of Directors Declares the Following:

Marlboro Elementary School District will not participate in Adequate Yearly Progress as determined by the No Child Left Behind Act.

We will not forward information we deem as sensitive to the Windham Central Supervisory Union that can be connected in anyway to a specific student by name.

The Principal of Marlboro Elementary School will not administer any tests that the Principal does not deem to have useful educational value.

The Marlboro School District will not incur any extra expenses to administer any part of the NCLB Act.

Please join the School Board for an informational evening on Wednesday, May 5th at 7 pm at the the School.

Sincerely,
Lauren Poster
Secretary to the Marlboro School Board

— Marlboro, Vermont Elementary School District
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