What You Missed at the Aspen Institute Roundtable

On Tuesday, a roundtable of NCLB Commission members welcomed the usual suspects from PEN, the PTA, etc. for a dicussion about what parents think about NCLB and it's implementation.

After a rousing introduction (with special emphasis on each person's school aged children/ grandchildren), the invited speakers described the feelings of parents, which seemed to boil down to the following: parents are not well enough informed about their children's SES options, districts receive inadequate funding for necessary programs, NCLB should have stronger sanctions for states that don't comply with the law, schools may be hiding poor scoring students, and neglecting students with disabilities.

Check out the recommendations offered.

Bottom line: Schools blame parents, parents blame schools.


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