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Tag: no child left behind


CHILDREN: Let’s invest in the next generation

Re: “Report dings state for poor preschool access” (TNT, 5-12).

Despite the troubling news that Washington state ranks 33rd in the nation for access to state-funded preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, there is also some good news on the horizon.

Not only is our Legislature stepping up to fund more slots for the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP), but a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate recently endorsed the leadership of Sen. Patty Murray to include early learning in the proposed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which would replace the outdated No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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EDUCATION: Magical thinking behind NCLB

Remember the Hans Christian Anderson story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”? In the end, it took a clear-eyed little child to proclaim out loud what everyone already secretly knew: The monarch is naked!

The “tailors” who stitched together the magical promises of No Child Left Behind – by the end of school year 2014, all students would score at the “proficient” level on standardized tests – came to realize that this goal was impossible. (Should all patients throughout the land be healthy by 2026? Should all prisons be empty in 12 years?)

So we got “Race to the Top” to

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TEACHERS: Base pay on performance

All of the discussion of teacher and principal pay during the recent Tacoma teachers’ strike and since has missed a critical point: Pay should reflect performance.

Americans pay more per student than any other country to have our children educated, yet we are not getting nearly what we pay for. Using baseball as an analogy, we are equivalent to the Yankees in paying our “players,” yet we are akin to the Cubs or Mariners in resulting performance.

We are not only failing our children, but we are failing America, since our nation has been experiencing severe shortages of graduates in

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