Fairfax backs out of NCLB fight

Brent Finnegan -- April 21st, 2007

If you’ve been following the saga of Harrisonburg City Schools’ fight against the No Child Left Behind “no exceptions” federal testing standards, you know that Fairfax was a key “ally” (for lack of a better term) of the H’burg school board. A story in Thursday’s Washington Post reports:

[Fairfax Schools Superintendent Jack] Dale said that he has told all principals to follow federal rules when testing begins next month. But students will be allowed to stop if the material becomes too difficult. “Kids will have the test before them, and they will be encouraged to do the best they can,” Dale said. “When they reach a point where they can no longer continue, they can say they are done.” … it appeared that Arlington and Loudoun county schools, which had also considered defying the rules, would follow the Fairfax system’s lead.

Hello, Washington Post: what about Harrisonburg? I’m assuming they will also be following Fairfax’s lead. Really, what other choice do they have? Stand alone against the federal government?

5 Responses to “Fairfax backs out of NCLB fight”

  1. Gxeremio says:

    The school board will discuss this at Tuesday’s meeting. It is expected that Hburg, too, will test low-level ESL students (in other words, they will back down). Hburg is expected not to make Adequate Yearly Progress this year.

  2. John Holland says:

    Buck up H-Burg. You can atleast be proud of your school officialsfor trying to take a stand at all. Most systems would look at Margaret Spellings riding on the back of the US ED Goliath and just turn and run.
    Besides AYP means “Ain’t Your Problem” :)

  3. finnegan says:

    As Fairfax goes, so goes Harrisonburg.

    I wonder if the Republican members of the school board and school administration have ever thought to themselves, “Hmm, I helped the Bush administration get into office, and look at how they’ve treated us…”

  4. JGFitzgerald says:

    Oddly, NCLB is viewed in some quarters as Ted Kennedy’s baby. It’s a way for people to sell Bush’s error to themselves, I suppose, much as hard-core Dems can tell themselves they’re supporters of hard-working selfless educators as opposed to selling out to the teachers’ unions. (I’m not saying it can’t be the same thing.) Many folks on the Pub side tend to look at the whole of the party and forgive it for an NCLB here and a Schiavo there because they’ve managed to view the Dems as thoroughly evil, the way Newt and Dubya have helped a lot of us to do with the Pubs.

    BTW, this comment is speculative and I don’t presume to speak for any individual in writing it.

    It works on the other side as well. I belong to the ACLU, but I cringe at how often they use schools for battlegrounds. I’m a Dem official, but see some of the party’s economic ideas as mathematically disingenuous. But viewing the party as a whole, I’ll stay on this side.

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