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.
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