Mary Bell, President of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), says although the Act has provided good information, “it’s an inadequate measure of what students know and are able to do.” There are additional concerns that the federal mandate is unfunded and causes schools to divert local funds necessary for teaching, to pay for the NCLB testing.
The White House has proposed massive changes to the law. WEAC and the National Education Association is hoping Congress will correct the so-called funding shortfalls.
Earlier this month, much to the dismay of the NEA, the US Supreme Court turned down a request to review a decision centering on a Michigan school district’s lawsuit. The suit questioned whether public schools should have to comply with NCLB requirements if the federal government does not pay for it.