The nation’s youngest children got the shaft. Again.
Everyone’s been on tenterhooks this week, awaiting the fate of the Every Child Achieves Act. Today, “yes” filled the Senate chamber, a bipartisan majority approving the very belated reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.
Annual testing—the cause of great consternation—is still with us, alas. Federal sanctions have gone, leaving that business to the states. Private-school vouchers are out. The Secretary of Education can dictate neither curriculum, standards, nor tests, and is barred from tying test scores to teacher evaluations. As Diane Ravitch, the nation’s education historian-in-chief succinctly put . . . Read full article →
“Just in case you hadn’t seen this,” a friend wrote, passing along the latest piece by Greg Sargent at the Washington Post. “The next big liberal cause,” he called universal child care. “Does it really have a chance?” my friend asked. The multi-billion-dollar question.
Sargent’s “next big liberal cause” was Strong Start for America’s Children, introduced by Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania as an amendment to the measure reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and overhauling No Child Left Behind. Last week, my screen lit up with pleas from advocates for children across . . . Read full article →