Fifty years after the initial ESEA, we're at 1,061 pages that were finalized out of view of the public and altered accordingly to secure hurried Congressional votes and an exiting, charter-under-regulating, test-happy president's signature.
In the House version of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, the Student Success Act (SSA), parental opt-out is written into the legislation, bypassing any state positions on the issue:
This week, both the House and the Senate are promoting their respective versions of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.
If a low-income child is trapped in a school that has been failing its children for years, shouldn't someone in a responsible position act to intervene?
In pursuit of the unattainable aim of "100 percent proficiency" for all students by 2014, nearly every public school in the United States has been deemed "in need of improvement" or "failing," and is meant to be in some form of intervention.
As members of very different "camps" on school reform, we think there is more common ground than has yet been evident in the political process surrounding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its later iteration, No Child Left Behind.
House Republicans ironically named their No Child Left Behind reauthorization bill the Student Success Act, which attempts to gut our public education system and take vital funding away from the neediest students. This bill is paving the way for the privatization of education through the expansion of voucher programs.
A myopic focus on reading and math has turned kindergarten into a place where unique beings go for standardization, followed by 12 more years of it. This standardized approach to learning supposedly prepares them for placement in an economy that no longer exists.
A gulf remains today in our nation between the "haves" and "have-nots," and there are few examples as glaring as the disparities that exist in our public schools.
While almost every committee member in the overflowing hearing room said the burden of standardized testing must be reduced