Another Tale of the Unintended Consequences of NCLB

by theschoolprincipal on November 22, 2011

Folks, here’s a story about a principal and a school in Dallas. This new norm is of epidemic proportions across the nation. Eleven years of No Child Left Behind. How many children were left behind at this school – ironically BECAUSE of No Child Left Behind? When will it end?




Finally! Out of the mouth of Nancy Flanagan and just what the doctor ordered. We’ve been waiting for this prescription for too many years. Now let’s stop wasting time. Get rid of NCLB and RTTT and LET US TEACH! How simple can it be? Give us back the time spent on testing so that we can TEACH!


Arne Makes a Move – How Will Your State Be Affected?

August 7, 2011

Not exactly a reprieve — and all it means is that NCLB just continues on and on. Should we rejoice? Take a look at Arne’s latest and then take a look at what Monty Neill of FairTest thinks of that! Parents Across America rejects Arne’s proposal — very insightful comments from those in the know!

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Here You Are: The Real Skinny — Read All About It!

July 21, 2011

This link is guaranteed to wake you up and get you marching in Washington, D.C. on July  30. Join us as we march to Save Our Schools!

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This Is What I’m Talking About!

July 18, 2011

So. If President Obama wants advice about how to fight the war in Afghanistan, who will he invite to his roundtable? Bankers? Communications execs? Retail store CEO’s? So, what is he thinking? What would these people know about high speed rail, airline safety, or homeland security? How about education?  What in the world do they [...]

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How to Cure A Sick Horse

May 6, 2011

Arne, Arne, Arne,  (make that Arnie, Arnie, Arnie) When you’ve got what you think is a sick horse, you don’t spend all of your time and money on what’ s coming out the  end of the horse. You concentrate on what’s going into the other end — his mouth. What have you been feeding that [...]

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2, 2011

If you are a teacher, a librarian, a school psychologist or support staff, this entire week is about you. Ignore the teacher bashing. It’s meaningless. You’re being used for political purposes. Fight back but don’t let it get to you. You know what you do — so you know that all of the hullabaloo is [...]

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Who Are We Anymore? Are We Still “We, the People”?

April 20, 2011

Today Inside Job arrived from Netflix. We watched it tonight, and,  to put it mildly, we were none too happy. I then opened up Twitter and found this from Truth Out. It’s a must read if you consider yourself an American. Sorry. Those are strong words, I know, and I’m not usually one to overreach [...]

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RHEEform, America? Is This Really What You Bargained For?

April 15, 2011

TeacherSabrina posted this on her blog tonight. There’s really nothing else to say. Four letter words like sheer insanity come to mind. We have to stop this madness. As Rhee and Jeb Bush travel around the country talking to your state legislators, is this what you want? Poor decision-making, monologues, loss of local control? Please fight [...]

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Fool Congress Once — But Can Arne Fool It Twice?

April 7, 2011

For this post, you need to click the links in order to understand and then actually believe the story below. The researchers in the links, whether they are a peer-reviewed professor, Diane Ravitch, or a 60 Minutes crew, are far more credible than I, a retired principal, can be. The last decade of school reform [...]

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