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Walberg says he won't vote for No Child Left Behind Act renewal

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By Chad Livengood

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg said today he will vote against re-authorizing the No Child Left Behind Act and wants to put school accountability back into the hands of states.

"I would like to ratchet back more and more of the federal government's role in education," the Tipton Republican told a group of Jackson County educators.

Walberg is a co-sponsor of a bill called A-PLUS that would decentralize the federal accountability measures President George W. Bush put into law in 2001. A-PLUS stands for Academic Partnerships Leads Us to Success Act.

The 7th District congressman addressed questions about the law and other state-imposed achievement benchmarks during a hour-long session at the Jackson County Intermediate School District's Kratz Education Center.
Walberg agreed with educators that the law lacks flexibility, especially for special-education students.

"Students are different in every classroom, every year," he said.

Concord Superintendent Robert "Jay" Bada said the state's new high school graduation requirements will create new strains on his district's alternative education program, which is already hampered by NCLB mandates.
"Everybody's in a very large catch 22," Bada said.

— Chad Livengood
Jackson Citizen Patriot



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