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Q & A: Failing Schools,
week's article about 8,652
failing schools and the No Child Left Behind Act caused many folks
The list of failing schools was prepared by your state department
understand that states that had a high number of failing schools have
been swamped with calls from people with the same questions.
Q: I was surprised to see more than 1,500 schools listed for Michigan. Why is this? Is every state held to the same performance levels? Do individual states have a say in this?
A: The lists of failing schools were obtained from the state departments of educations. When you read about state improvement and standards under NCLB, you will see that states set different standards. Some states reported no failing schools. Other states like Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and California reported many.
When you read the Fact Sheet about State Improvement Lists
and other info on the No child Left Behind site
I think things will be clearer.
Rod from Chicago wrote:
newsletter notes "Kids
from 8,652 failing schools can transfer to better schools this fall."
The Illinois State Legislature is prohibiting student transfers from failing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to CPS magnet schools. Magnet schools in the city are overwhelmingly the highest performing public schools in the city. By this act the State Legislature has made a fraud of the supposed right to transfer.
In future newsletters, please look at the reality of the No Child Left Behind Act's transfer provisions, not the theory.
will continue to tell parents about their legal rights under the laws
that affect their children - IDEA, Section 504, ADA, and NCLB.
This will not happen tomorrow or the next day. The ink is not yet dry on the NCLB Act - it was signed into law in January of this year. NCLB regulations are not in place.
will change. Change takes time.