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Here is the group that is well recognized as one of the greatest barriers to the improvement of study in America --- The National Education Association.
Why do they oppose the "No Child Left Behind Act?"
Because this Act starts the process of making schools, and teachers, accountable for successful results -- not just putting in time and drawing a paycheck.
There are millions of teachers who probably do want to see better results. But, they are so stuck in the failures in their past, their own failures, that the can do nothing now but justify their teaching techniques, and blame the government for not giving them enough money. That is the usual claim, although there are more.
I would not be surprised if the NEA eventually finds THIS page and then threatens to sue me for showing you this disgrace.
Click on the video clips below to see what NEA members are saying about "No Child Left Behind." Video clips are updated frequently.
The National Education Association has consistently sought to guarantee every child an equal opportunity to succeed in our nation's public schools. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was enacted in 1965 to provide guidance and funds to K-12 schools.
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (the latest revision of ESEA) presents real obstacles to helping students and strengthening public schools because it focuses on:
NEA is committed to meeting the goals of the legislation -- high standards and high expectations for every child.
NEA is also committed to increasing the effectiveness of the flagship education law in the areas of academic achievement (adequate yearly progress), annual testing, teacher and paraprofessional quality, and school improvement.
NEA will support that commitment through an unprecedented public awareness, legislative lobbying, and member empowerment campaign - working for the things children need to be successful.
NEA's efforts will focus on the following goals:
Learn more about what's in the law (PL 107-110).
Share your concerns with Congress or your state legislature.
See NEA Resources for more help including ESEA/NCLB-related brochures, research, and comments from NEA President Reg Weaver and other experts.