. . . .With so many delays in Congress to introduced and pass the ESEA reauthorization, the National School Boards Association is calling on Duncan and the Department of Education for flexibility now in NCLB to allow more financial resources to be used for the critical purpose of teaching and learning.
We need the regulatory relief this summer before school starts, instead of a new bureaucratic process that the Department of Education is purposing that could take many months to create. And as we need this as a matter of policy -- not state or school district case-by-case waivers. We specifically support suspension of additional sanctions under current AYP requirements, effective for the 2011-12 school year, so that schools currently facing sanctions would remain frozen; no new schools would be labeled as 'In Need of Improvement' or subject to new or additional sanctions.
In the past two years, budget pressures have forced school districts to make significant cuts, some that directly hit classrooms, including teacher and staff layoffs. A recent study by the American Association of School Administrators predicts further teacher and staff cuts of 227,000 school personnel in the coming school year. This comes as NCLB's increases costly reports, data collection, and program mandates forces school districts to take their attention off their core mission and spend time and money to comply with unnecessary regulations.
In essence, schools for the upcoming school year are being forced to lay off teachers and hire data collectors. Does anyone really think that is the best way to run our public schools?
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