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Unformatted text preview: C.J. Gorrell Professor Benavidez M LA Style December 2, 2008 ENGL 101 No Child Left Behind, or Every Child Left Behind: A look into why the No Child Left Behind Act is failing students In the past few years, many second and third world countries have begun a rapid rate of growth. They are becoming more productive, and having higher standards of living. These new enterprises entering the global market are bringing competition to the American markets that did not exist a few years ago. This competition has lead to Americans taking a greater interest in their ability to stay ahead of the foreign markets, and one of the capital investments for ensuring a more advanced civilization is the education of American children. The purpose of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was to hold schools accountable for the success of their students with the intentions of having all students reach proficient academic status by the year 2014. Gorrell 1 However, since the acts start in 2001, the improvement of the educational system has been painfully slow. The legislative and executive branches of both levels of government have acknowledged that the act is not making enough progress to show the acts is effectiveness. Recent research shows that each year more and more schools are failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress Reports (AYP). The research predicts that by 2014 99% of schools will fail to meet AYPs (Packer 266). This data obviously shows that there is a problem with the current system. What these two governing bodies need to do now is to devise a system of reform for improving the act. I have developed three locations for improvement, funding, program, and goals and expectations in which both levels of government must convene on and form a solution. An Improvement to Educational Funding The first section in need of improvement is funding. Originally the government had authorized 500 million dollars a year be set aside as school improvement funds as mandated by the Title 1 clause of NCLB, however the government has not set aside any such funds to support the act (Packer 268). 2 That means that all the programs that were supposed to be developed to help underperforming students would need to be developed using schools existing funds. However the current funding received by schools often barely covers staff salaries and existing in school programs. Because of this, most schools and school districts are unable to create the necessary programs to help their students succeed. Those that oppose making major changes to NCLB at the legislative government level, neglect to address the issue of funding. There is a saying that money greases the wheels of progress, and it is no different hear....
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