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State departments across the nation have listed more than 8,000 Title I schools as "in need of improvement." It is important to keep those numbers in context.
The U.S. Department of Education is reporting the information as provided by the states as part of a 1994 law that pre-dates President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.
federal system and the 1994 law, states were required to define "adequate
yearly progress." Since then, states have chosen many ways to report
their data--not every state defines achieving and underachieving schools
in the same way.
35 years after Congress passed the first Elementary and Secondary Education
Act, public school spending per-pupil has more than doubled--even when
adjusted for inflation--from $2,853 in 1965-66 to $7,086 in 1999-00.
is the key to identifying and solving the challenges in education. Parents
and the public have a right to know how their tax dollars are being
spent in the education system.
Even though school data will improve next year under No Child Left Behind, the law offers many children and schools help now.
If a school
fails to make adequate yearly progress for two years and continues to
fail after receiving special help and resources, then students are eligible
to transfer to another public school with transportation provided. If
a school continues to fail, disadvantaged students in these schools
are also eligible for "supplemental services" such as tutoring,
after-school help, and summer school.