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Weekend editorials: The value of No Child Left Behind Act

Post by David Seago on Aug. 31, 2007 at 11:41 am with No Comments »
August 31, 2007 11:41 am


A teacher strike is on in the Bethel School District, and the potential for long-lasting damage is real. Nothing splits the community like a prolonged school strike. Whatever the merits of the strike issues, the best outcome is a speedy resolution.


The No Child Left Behind Act is an overly rigid and unforgiving standard for schools to meet; it cuts no slack for districts like Clover Park and others where educators are focused and working hard to raise student achievement. But it has also been a valuable tool for keeping school systems from letting low-achievers fall through the cracks. Amend NCLB, yes, but don’t abolish it.

What the mountain wants, it usually gets. Mount Rainier has no pity for the battered Carbon River Road, regularly washing out sections of it with winter or spring flooding. But the damage caused by November’s historic flooding is so great the road may have to be given up for good, turning the famed, short and easy Carbon Glacier hike into a much longer slog. Trail lovers mourn, but it’s hard to fight the mountain.

Monday: Labor-day themed editorial.


Lakewood has cause to celebrate as a new Boys & Girls Club opens in an innovative partnership with Lakeview Elementary School. The generosity of the Milgard family and other donors made it possible.

Tacoma’s Russell Financial Group quietly donated $50,000 to pay for an independent review of the state’s controversial WASL math standards. It was another example of the way the firm makes well-considered and timely "impact gifts" that make a difference.

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