PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Teachers Looking to Obama to Improve Student Achievement

January 22, 2009

Michigan educators are looking to do a better job in the classroom and are asking the Obama administration to make changes in the No Child Left Behind Act. The broad-ranging federal mandate requires, in part, that all students' scores increase every year.

Michigan Education Association communications director Doug Pratt says the Act over-emphasizes standardized testing, which leaves other aspects of education neglected.

"We should be making sure we have adequate class sizes, that we have adequate textbooks - more than just a single measure of a test score on what a student does on a particular day."

The over-reliance on standardized test scores derails the professional expertise of teachers, says Pratt.

"That really creates an environment in which you're teaching to the test, and that's really constraining the professional expertise of teachers to use the best learning techniques to help students succeed."

Educators have long criticized the No Child Left Behind Act's goals, saying achieving them is made more difficult because, while the federal government has mandated the testing requirements, it has underfunded Michigan by $1.9 billion since 2002.

Tony Bruscato, Public News Service - MI