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Reply to "As a possible 'sister,' Condi Rice disappoints"

Constructive Feedback,

Regardless of my political bias -- and I am a registered Independent, by the way -- the fact is that the No Child Left Behind program is leaving a multitude of children behind! Accountability is one thing ... what about the schools that still can't afford to buy books for their students? Yes, teachers are trying all over the country to improve the education they give to their students ... but the promise of the tools ($$$) to actually really effectively institute a teaching plan has been left unmet ... by the current Republican President in charge, George W. Bush! (Since you want to get political about it! Razz)

But regardless as to who made the promise, it has not been kept. A major reason for the upswing of educational performance issue is that many local governments have put more money into teachers salaries and bonuses. (But now kids can't have P.E. or other extracurricular activities -- unless the parents want to pay out of pocket for it. You can't have everything.) School boards are now finding extraordinary ways to raise money.

Kids are not learning real-life stuff. They're learning the things that will make them pass those twisted government-initiated tests. Here in Houston, H.I.S.D has to nerve to be putting out a billboard advertising campaign right now about "Look at what we've got going." Houston has been at the bottom of the State educational totem pole, which is at the bottom of the Federal educational totem pole, which is real close to being at the bottom of the International totem pole since I've moved here!! (And guess who was governor at that time? Confused Big Grin) He couldn't do it on a statewide level, he sure as hell doesn't know what to do on a federal level, and as good an idea as NCLB was/is -- and it damn sure wasn't his!! -- it won't work without money. It is designed to be funded to actually implement effective change.

Attention was paid to the public school system for as long as it took to campaign for being elected president. Right about now, only you and I are still talking about it. And you can have all the management skills you need, but you can't run a school district or anything for that matter, without the necessary resources to implement a effective plan.
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