Vail Daily letter: Not the answer for improving schools |

Vail Daily letter: Not the answer for improving schools

Ben Boychuk
Vail, CO, Colorado

I wish to raise a respectful point of disagreement with Eagle County School District Superintendent Sandra B. Smyser (Vail Valley Voices: “Positive transformation,” Feb. 17).

The revisions of the No Child Left Behind law that the Obama administration is contemplating would ultimately mean more red tape and less flexibility for schools in Colorado and elsewhere – not the other way around.

It’s true that President Obama and his secretary of education, Arne Duncan, talk a great game about school reform. Duncan recently told an audience of school administrators that the federal government needs to be “offering support, not prescriptions” to local districts.

In fact, the Obama administration’s $4 billion Race to the Top program — which is the inspiration for the proposed changes to NCLB — produced 19 specific prescriptions for states to either adopt or lose eligibility for millions of dollars in federal grants.

The Obama approach is as formula-driven and constricting as any Bush-era policy.

Ben Boychuk

Managing Editor, School Reform News, The Heartland Institute

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