No Child Left Behind and the next President?

The United States implemented the No Child Left Behind Act to help counteract a decline in education among today’s students. States are required to test and analyze elementary, middle and high school students on their academic achievement in every¬† subject

The legislation calls for

  • stronger accountability for results
  • more freedom for states and communities
  • proven education methods and more choices for parents.

I argue that creating national standards of learning is taking the local control out of education. If local school districts want to receive funding for proven education tools and the recruiting of a quality teaching staff, the schools must first meet goals set by the federal government.

“The goal of the law was the right one, but unfulfilled funding promises, inadequate implementation by the Education Department and shortcomings in the design of the law itself have limited its effectiveness and undercut its support. As a result, the law has failed to provide high-quality teachers in every classroom and failed to adequately support and pay those teachers.”-Barack Obama

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Mike Toner

Based in Alexandria, Virginia Michael is the Manager of Social Media at Navy Federal Credit Union. By evening, he's a husband, dog owner and runner. Toner writes about social media strategy, tools, training and best practices for social and digital marketing programs.


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