"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Webb and Warner Introduce Bill to Counter Abusive ED Thugs

Warner and Webb are making tough by putting both of their pinkies in the failing dam that promises to swamp public schools with a sea of planned failure unless the idiotic requirements of 100% proficiency are not changed in NCLB. These two Senate toughies are introducing legislation to give Virginia another year to comply with the thugs at ED who have been put in charge of the privatization plan for American schools. This is, at best, a band-aid on a throat slashing:

Virginia Sens. John W. Warner and James Webb introduced legislation yesterday to protect the state's schools from Bush administration threats to withhold millions of dollars in aid in a clash over federal testing rules.

The bipartisan measure addresses a controversy that has swelled in Virginia over testing requirements for students with limited English skills.

School systems in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties have begun in recent months to push back against what they call unrealistic mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind law. They plan to defy a federal directive to give thousands of students who are beginning to learn English reading tests that cover the same grade-level material as exams taken by students who are native speakers. . . .

WAKE UP, CONGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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