|I'm sure by now most have seen that Obama has granted
Tennessee and nine other states a waver to the No Child Left Behind
requirements first established by President Bush back in 2002. Lots of
folks have objected to the requirements from the time it was
established. Some in the education field felt the requirements with NCLB
were just too hard to achieve. I think Obama just enjoys undoing
anything George Bush did but that's a debate for another time.
For the last ten years, local educators have blamed just about all their shortcomings on NCLB. But the big one for me is, for the last ten years school directors and administrators have blamed the NCLB program for the exploding costs of local education. For instance, in the Loudon County school system, the operating budget was increasing by by nearly two million dollars per year while enrollment remained the same or went down. Guess what our leaders told us the cause of the outrageous increase in spending was caused by, you got it, No Child Left Behind.
So, now that Obama has given us this nifty waver, should we not expect the schools operating expenditures to drop? We were told explicitly that the schools had to have millions more to hire all the people needed just to meet the requirements mandated by NCLB. We were told explicitly that the schools had to have millions more to implement all the programs needed just to meet the requirements mandated by NCLB.
Where I live in Literalville and Logical Land, seems to me now that Obama has waved all those pesky mandates slapped on us by Bush, shouldn't that mean we no longer need all those people and all those programs mandated by NCLB and the cost of education should go down? One might think so but I bet one would be wrong.