Presumptive Rep Pres Candidate Romney Unveils Ed Plans By: Jennifer Keyes-Maloney
When it comes to the No Child Left Behind Act, Romney would dismantle the accountability system at the heart of the law, and he calls for schools to create “report cards” with a variety of information about student progress. Schools would have report scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). There also would no longer be federal mandates for improving schools under his plans.
“No Child Left Behind helped our nation take a giant step forward in bridging [the] information gap,” Romney said. And he said he would do what President Barack Obama could not—get Congress to pass an overhaul of the law. “As president, I will break the political logjam that has prevented successful reform of the law. I will reduce federal micromanagement while redoubling efforts to ensure that schools are held responsible for results.”
So is Romney offering full financial flexibly without federal micromanagement and hold supplemental funding to a nationalized report card tied to NAEP? That’s how I would do it!
So give us the Common Core Standards aligning all schools in America and give us a nationalized standardized test. But get the hell out of the way and stop the agenda of privatizing public schools that shifts funding to more administration and Wall Street laced consultants. As far as more charter schools, let the parents be the driving force in converting existing district schools and those charter only serve students with that district. We don’t need to build charter schools to compete for students and undermine school districts. If Red Clay for an example was only permitted to serve Red Clay students at it’s chartered schools there would be more thought process going into expanding charter schools that would be a true service to “Red Clay students.”
Romney does need to wake-up and grasp the severity of how USDOE is going beyond it’s mandate of existence manipulating cash-strapped state into selling out local control. He would need to put USDOE back in its box at the same time giving control of local schools back to the communities. Any federal funding for charter schools must come with a stipulation charter schools must include all district students in the admission process without “specific interest” rules. Also. open full transparent lotteries.
One thing for sure, we need to get Wall Street and their local clones out of high-jacking local schools via help of those politicians they finance. Public schools belong to the people know as the public! Open the $$$ books, record the meetings and let the public be the watchdog!
Let’s take all the money being pissed away on feeding Wall Street ed corporations and use it to enhance local outreach to improve parental “engagement.” Lets make the most valuable tool in a teacher’s toolbox the parent! Lets build that so-called capacity by improving partnership of the most valuable stakeholders a student can have, parents and teachers!
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