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Richardson: Dump No Child Law

While other Democratic candidates have criticized the No Child Left Behind Education law, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is the first to call for its outright repeal.

"I have two words for No Child Left Behind, scrap it," he said in a speech in Manchester New Hamphire on Thursday. "The key to a good education is not narrow testing or Washington wisdom."

Instead, Richardson called for an emphasis on improving the quality of teaching and promised a $40,000 national average starting for teachers. In his opposition to NCLB, which requires yearly testing of students and defines the success of schools based on how their students perform on the students, Richardson has taken out another stand to the left of his rivals. Richardson has called for the removal of all troops from Iraq and criticized the leading Democrats for not adopting a similar stance.

Instead of taking on NCLB, Senator Hillary Clinton laid out an education plan yesterday that focuses in colleges, calling for a $3500 tax credit for tuition costs and increase funding for Pell Grants, which go to low-income students.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Post Editor  |  October 11, 2007; 7:54 PM ET
 
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WHY BOTHER?

Bill Richardson is not a registered democrat. Fact is, he's not registered - period.

His legal name is Willian Blaine Richardson.

That is, he registered to vote as "Bill Richardson."

Therefore, He is not eligible to vote, run for office, or hold elective office!

Have time... google his name.

This information has been given to prominent persons. Maybe they don't understand...if notice of a crime is
given to them, they are required to take appropriate action....

Anselmo A. Chavez

Posted by: anselmoachavez | October 14, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Bush's NCLB program was ill-conceived, born out of a fraudlently analyzed program when he was governor of Texas. Taken to the federal level, it usurped 90% of the authority to determine the direction of educational progress, but underwrote only about 10% of its costs. School administrators, eager for any opportunity to make themselves look good, have used the NCLB law as a stick, not a carrot, to achieve something that looks good to school boards. Experienced teachers, who realize the diversity of the classroom have tried rebellion--one school in our district has lost 30 teachers in the last 2+ years from this misbegotton law and its blind application. Getting rid of Bush and his NCLB will be the best thing that can happen to education.

Posted by: rhaage | October 12, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Again, Richardson is the only one who gets it.

Posted by: chris | October 12, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

In this country we have a facility for using form to conserve substance. No child left behind doesn't change anything. It only seems to and in the end it will feed a "these people" argument designed to show that the very people who we are trying to look like we helped don't deserve to be helped so what difference does it make that they weren't helped.
Bill Richardson is right the program should be scrapped and so should about half of the so-called educators that don't take their jobs seriously. The kids in school today will be voting on our futures. They need to learn to think for themselves, they need to learn how to set their own standards. They should not be made to feel that they must conform to some amorphous mould designed in Washington. That is not to say that the federal government has no responsibility in the area of education. We should not have segregated schools, all school districts should get enough funds to guarantee that children will get the tools necessary to develop reading, writing and math skills. Teaching salaries muight be subsidized in poorer areas where teachers of a higher quality and skill level might then be attracted. But content should not be the province of the federal government unless civil rights, free speech issues or some other governmental action arises that requires intervention. I think Bill Richardson is right as far as he goes. I would like to see him have enough money to get his message across. I'd also like to know what John Edwards has to say about this. I am sure that the "new" Hilary will side step this I liked the old one who told it as it was when it came to health care a lot better.

Posted by: aeschonfeld | October 12, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Governor Richardson has hit another home run. As a teacher who just retired after 1 years, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is the worst thing I have ever seen in education. It is not geared to help students, it is geared to destroy public education by setting unattainable goals and no funds to meet the goals. There is no component for parental invovlement and too many administrators use NCLB to berate and intimidate teachers, not help teachers do their job.
And on the war-Richardson is the only one with guts to do the right thing-get out of there. I am a veteran and this war is dragging us down and breaking the Army, just like NCLB is breaking the schools.
Bravo Richardson!

Posted by: wthrswift | October 12, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

So, using that logic, Governor Richardson wants to have the Supreme Court reverse Brown v. Board of Education? He wants to repeal the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act? States and localities have shortchanged poor and minoriy students, and persons with disabilities, for all of U.S. history. NCLB was a sincere, albeit imperfect, attempt to change that. And, fyi, teacher salaries are already $40,000 or more in many of our highest poverty schools. So how would Richardson's proposal solve that problem?

Posted by: cbarone2 | October 12, 2007 8:06 AM | Report abuse

our schools are falures and throwing money on a it will not fix it there are to many hands in the jar to from mainy school boards that rip the taxpayers off id say plug the leeks but the dam has busted and its not all the gops falt this has gone on for 20 years or longer

Posted by: getsix1 | October 12, 2007 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Richardson is correct in his message to scrap NCLB. Education administrators have already decided to unofficially disregard NCLB as much as possible.

Richardson says, "The key to a good education is not narrow testing or Washington wisdom." This is completely correct.

Posted by: ncf109 | October 12, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Richardson gets it on Iraq and he gets it on education. The other Dems are timid - afraid of bold solutions to the address the most pressing problems we face. The war is a disaster yet Clinton, Obama and Edwards refuse to commit to bring our troops home by 2013. On No Child Left Behind, Clinton, Obama and Edwards want to tinker with the statute. What gives the Federal government the right to judge every school in the nation as failure or success and impose sanctions against those schools facing the greatest obstacles. If the federal government wants such power it should pay for 90% not 10% of the cost of K-12 education in America. Let's return to the pre-Bush federal education policy of providing a helping hand, not a vicious slap, to our school children. Bravo Richardson!

Posted by: shcassidy | October 12, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

This is the educational equivalent of saying we should scrap jet engines because prop-planes are better because some of the jet engines developed by lame state education authorities are unreliable. My last semblances of respect for gov. Richardson just left the building.

Posted by: rlee | October 11, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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