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On October 23, 2002, U. S. Secretary Rod Paige released a letter that he sent to state school officials. In his letter, Dr. Paige expresses concerns about attempts by some states to lower expectations to evade the law:
"Unfortunately, some states have lowered the bar of expectations to hide the low performance of their schools. And a few others are discussing how they can ratchet down their standards in order to remove schools from their list of low performers. Sadly, a small number of person have suggested reducing standards for proficiency in order to artificially present the facts . . . "
. . it is nothing less than shameful that some defenders of the status
quo are trying to hide the performance of underachieving schools in
order to shield parents from reality . . . "
"Once parents discover that children in their local schools are not learning as well as they could, they will demand results - no matter how much one state tries to buck accountability."
a former superintendent of the Houston Independent School District,
I understand the promise and the peril of improving schools. It takes
courage to confront the forces of bureaucracy, regulation, and special
interests . . . "
is more important than a teacher who has mastered his or her subject
- that's why the law supports finding and recruiting teachers who
have the content knowledge and life experiences to teach confidently
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