In The News

Editorial and Op-ed Archive March 2007

March 30, 2007 – Charlotte Observer, Bob Wise, “The cost of quitting school; 37,500 dropouts last year will cost N.C. $9.8 billion in lost revenue”
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has introduced the Graduate for a Better Future Act. It offers new hope to the 6 million students throughout the country who are at risk of dropping out. It would help high schools identify at-risk students and give them the support they need to stay in school. Specifically, students who are frequently absent or who struggle to perform at grade level in math, reading or science would be targeted for accelerated catch-up programs .

March 28, 2007 – Los Angeles Times, “Hard knocks; The No Child Left Behind Act needs an overhaul to be of any benefit to students and schools.”
Credit the No Child Left Behind Act for this: It helped to reveal how little learning was going on in many classrooms, especially those with poor and minority students. As a result, educators are working to change that. This is no small accomplishment.  

March 26, 2007 – Washington Post, Edwards M. Kennedy, “No Retreat on School Reform”
No Child Left Behind is not just a slogan. It's a national commitment, inspired by our fundamental values and aspirations. It's a promise to do all we can so that every American child receives the high-quality education he or she needs and deserves. We may never achieve that lofty goal, but if we hope to keep America strong and just, prosperous and free, we can never stop trying.

March 21, 2007 – San Diego Union Tribune, “Accountability counts | No Child Left Behind should not be scrapped”
Congress is supposed to reauthorize No Child Left Behind this year and, for the good of our schools and the welfare of future generations, it should get on with the process. Lawmakers should fix No Child Left Behind where it needs fixing but they must preserve the spirit of the law. They certainly shouldn't do anything that undermines the reason for the law in the first place, as if to say that Americans will once again tolerate mediocrity in our schools.