Educational Standards

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The effectiveness of the public education system in the United States has always been a pressing concern, subject to continuous debate. In 2001, the sweeping educational reforms of the No Child Left Behind Act sharply divided teachers and policy makers over the direction of U.S. schools. Proponents say the changes increase accountability and provide new options for parents of children in failing institutions. Critics charge that the law's intent and impact are quite different as poor, urban schools are tagged as ...
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Overview

The effectiveness of the public education system in the United States has always been a pressing concern, subject to continuous debate. In 2001, the sweeping educational reforms of the No Child Left Behind Act sharply divided teachers and policy makers over the direction of U.S. schools. Proponents say the changes increase accountability and provide new options for parents of children in failing institutions. Critics charge that the law's intent and impact are quite different as poor, urban schools are tagged as failures and marked for closure at the same time the students are denied entrance to better-funded, higher-performing schools. Educational Standards clearly and fairly explores both sides of the debate surrounding this critical issue.

About the Author:
David L. Hudson, Jr., is a research attorney with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In 2002 President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) bill that had received bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. Five years later the debate over the pluses and minuses of NCLB rages on. The pros and cons of this monumental educational reform initiate are presented by David L. Hudson, Jr. in this title, a part of the "Point/Counterpoint" series. A lawyer by trade, Hudson analyses critical aspects of NCLB from both a supportive and oppositional perspective. Topics such as standardized testing, vouchers for private schools, annual yearly progress of students, and highly qualified teacher standards are each presented from dueling vantage points. Throughout the narrative Hudson shows the ability to take opposite perspectives without revealing a personal bias. This capacity to argue both sides of a complex issue sets the stage for readers to reflect on differing points of view and synthesize their own opinions. NCLB comes before Congress for reauthorization in 2007. Debate over many elements of this law will stretch out for months. In providing the background elements necessary to understand this debate, David L. Hudson, Jr., has crafted an informative work linked to a significant social debate. This is a well researched work that captures the complexity of NCLB and the effects thereof. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791092781
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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