Minnesota Rep. John Kline makes another bid to rewrite No Child Left Behind

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 9:29 PM

But chances of brokering a bipartisan deal this year appear slim, insiders say.

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birchtreeJul. 4, 13 6:52 PM

Kline is another do-nothing in Washington who keeps re-fighting lost battles to the detriment of the American people. I can't think of a single positive thing he has done while in office. But he's living the cushy life of a Washington politician so he's happy.

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jarlmnJul. 4, 13 7:41 PM

Reform it? The ridiculous thing should be thrown out the window! No Child Left Behind is based upon our archaic industrial-age paradigm that students must be force-marched through 12+ years of schooling in preposterous age-cohorts. The whole "left behind" deal is that the student should, regardless of learning style or ability, continue in lock-step with age-peers. Thus, we have to dumb-down to the lowest denominator so that nobody gets their feelings hurt. It doesn't matter if the smarter students are held-back and suffer or that other students are passed through without knowing the material. All that matters is that the age-cohort lock-step paradigm marches on! We certainly don't go by age-cohorts in higher education. But we stupidly insist upon them in K-12? That we still so stubbornly cling to this grossly outdated system, then wring our hands when it *continues* to not work, deserves some education.

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comment229Jul. 4, 13 8:19 PM

NCLB.... "passed its prime?" Nope... wrong. It never HAD a prime..... and to say it is meeting some of its goals? Really? Sorry, but why don't the people at the "top" who support this fiasco, go to a classroom of drop outs and near drop outs, and ask them a few questions about why they are in this situation. Please do this... so you GET A CLUE!

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HVJul. 4, 13 8:19 PM

where has he been..... he has done nothing to help education in the US..... another do nothing GOP house seat sitter.... time for him to go......

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bobblumenfelJul. 4, 13 8:33 PM

After the train wreck of NCLB, trying for a second version sounds like another attempt to kill public education with an unfunded, Utopian mandate. Why does the Far Right hate public education with such a vengeance? Does it produce too many progressives? Does it make the under-class too educated to easily control? Does it encourage them to be thinkers?

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mohawk1953Jul. 4, 13 9:25 PM

They did such a great job the first time, how could it be better this time? Stop screwing with the education system, and get back to teaching basic spelling, grammar, and math.

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unionbossmanJul. 4, 1310:59 PM

The Mn Ed apologists were quick to jump on this blog. Talking point- reject anything and everything that does not have its genesis in the union. Pound home our ideas are "for the children" when in reality it's to get our members more pay a nd a smaller work load. We are noble. We are supreme, anyone who disagrees with us must be vilified.

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newsloverJul. 4, 1311:19 PM

No child left behind is a bunch of crock! I have a sister who is a teacher and a friend who quit teaching. Both tell me how they are told they are to pass a student at any cost. The one that quit did so because she did not agree with passing a child to the next level when they cant pass the level they are on. Its not about the kids, its about making the schools look better. I have a co worker who is illiterate yet has a HS diploma. Ridiculous

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tandabuss1Jul. 5, 13 8:06 AM

Between the far right like Kline, and the far left like Ed MN, no one is thinking about what will help KIDS. And we end up swinging in between extremes.

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briechersJul. 5, 13 8:13 AM

I have never accepted a federal regulatory role in our k-12 education. Do we need the federal government to establish curriculums? Do we need the federal government to create standards? Can’t curriculums be created by each state? Shouldn’t standards continue to rise based on one or a group of states setting higher goals and achieving greater results? Do the elites in the federal government care more about our kids than state governments? Do the elites know something that is unknowable by state governments? Do the elites know something that is unknowable by parents? I believe these are all rhetorical questions. Challenges and their solutions are different by community within each state. Federal laws create blunt instruments that end up requiring 1,000s of waivers (at great bureaucratic cost). I believe the need for great quantities of waivers is evidence to the reality that our current approach to nationalize every legitimate role for government is a wasteful and unproductive path that is bankrupting our country with almost nothing positive to show for it.

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