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Will NCLB Be Thrown Out?

I attended your conference in Indianapolis. It was great! I came back excited about what I had learned.

When I tried to discuss research-based instruction with the director of our special ed. facility, he was not interested. He said President Bush won't be re-elected and No Child Left Behind will be thrown out immediately.

Do you think No Child Left Behind will be thrown out? Or was Congressional support strong enough that it should survive?

Pete answers:

NCLB is the federal education funding law - the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with a new name. Most provisions of the current law were set in motion during the Clinton administration, long before Bush came into office. I see no chance that the law will be thrown out.

About your administrator: Some people want to keep their heads in the sand. They do not bother to learn about the laws that affect them - IDEA or NCLB. If he doesn't take his head out of the sand, he will be left behind.

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