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No Child Left Behind Up For Reauthorization

June 29, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Education Association (TEA) says the "No Child Left Behind Act" has been a failure and needs major adjustments if Congress decides to reauthorize it this year. TEA president Earl Wiman calls the Act, which took effect in 2001, "flawed."

"The premise of 'one size fits all' does not fit what we're trying to do for our students in the classroom."

Teachers, Wiman says, don't want to gear their classroom to the needs of the slowest students. According to Wiman, students with mental disabilities and students who speak English as a second language end up setting the pace of learning under "No Child Left Behind." He is calling for a basic change in the Act.

"We're saying you need to look at the progress of students instead of just holding them up to an arbitrary standard."

Wiman will meet with 10,000 fellow educators this weekend in San Diego at the National Education Association 147th annual Representative Assembly.

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN