I will be asking my Senators to support The Every Child Achieves Act or ECAA. If it is passed, NCLB will be gone. And so will Race to the Top.
ECAA is a bi-partisan bill that is being debated in the Senate this week. It is far from perfect. It requires annual testing in Grades 3-8. And it would give far too much federal money to charters. However, it does some things that are very important.
It forbids the Federal Government from:
–requiring or promoting teacher evaluation systems.
–setting, mandating or encouraging standards such as the Common Core.
–imposing school improvement strategies.
–taking federal money from states that allow parents to opt their kids out from testing.
In short, ECAA would require Mr. Duncan to stop imposing his reform strategies on the states and our schools. And that allows all of us to have more influence at the state and local level to help set a better course. No State Education Department can hide behind federal mandates to justify the Common Core or evaluating teachers by test scores.
NCLB did not work for kids. RTTT has been a nightmare. And just think what might happen if Jeb Bush picks the new Secretary of Education.
The federal government is not a national school board, and Mr. Duncan is not a national superintendent. Yes, the bill could be better (much better) but this is an important first step.
I will be contacting my Senators and asking them to support ECAA. And if anything in that bill changes for the worse, you can be sure that I will let you (and them) know.