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1 Grant's Proposal on Thu May 19, 2011 2:13 pm

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Repealing the No Child Left Behind Act and Replacing It with a New Plan

MAJOR AREAS TO BE AFFECTED:
United States Department of Education
School districts across the United States



JUSTIFICATION:
The NCLB Act created many problems and made promises that it did not keep. This NCLB Act is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The NCLB Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The NCLB Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. These standardized tests are being put in front of some of the most important material for students to learn. The teachers are sometimes required to teach heavily on the subjects that are in the standardized tests, often ignoring the facts that need to be learned in the actual class that the students are taking. The reason that this bill was passed was to try and boost the educational system of the poor in standard schools and bring them up to standards with the good public schools. This has brought down the good public schools because they have to try and teach their material in regard to their state standardized test. This act is also costing taxpayers more money on education than before this act was in effect. This unnecessary spending is costing taxpayers money and hurting our own countries deficit at the same time.
The new plan focuses on early education, encouragement and incentives, and teachers. One of the biggest problems caused by the No Child Left Behind Act is a large number of students who do not learn and comprehend the proper skills needed early on in grades K-3. With the repeal of the act, students must learn the basics in order to advance their learning. This eliminates the trend of teachers passing on failing students to the next teacher and requires a teacher to give an extra effort to struggling students. According to a Columbia University study, schools would recoup around half the investment through the first decade because of reduced remedial education costs and overall efficiency improvements. Although most students begin Kindergarten at age 5, many do not start until age 7. A new federal compulsory age will require the youth of society to begin learning sooner and the older portion of society to continue to try in school. About 10% of people aged 16-24 do not have a high school diploma. Lowering this percentage will decrease government in many public programs, such as welfare and medical care. Teachers are the main reason a student succeeds or fails in school. While many believe that a student makes his or her own decisions, there is also a strong belief that teachers have the ability and the responsibility to encourage kids to participate and succeed in school.



PROPOSAL FOR ACTION :
-Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education from a public university will be granted five-thousand (5,000) dollars in financial aid.
-All students receiving failure grades in core courses related to English and core courses related to Math will not be passed to the next grade if the student does not attend summer school.
-The government of the United States shall pay fifty percent (50%) of the training fees for any teacher that pursues national board certification.
-A twenty-five thousand, (25,000) dollar salary supplement will be given to any teacher who commits to spending five (5) years at a high-need school. The supplement will be given out at the end of each year of the five year contract as a five thousand (5,000) dollar supplement.
-Every student entering 9th grade and 10th grade in public institutions will receive an information package prepared by the Department of Education focusing on the financial aid opportunities for college students.
-First generation college students will receive government grants for fifty percent (50%) of tuition, up to ten thousand (10,000) dollars.
-All future truancy officers must undergo a special one year long training program focusing on salesmanship and how to talk to parents and students about attending schools.
-Set a federal compulsory school attendance age. Students from the age of six (6) born before September 1st to the age of seventeen (17) born before September 1st shall be required to attend school.
-All public secondary institutions shall create teacher-student tutoring programs. A seven and a half percent (7.5%) pay increase will be given to teachers that volunteer their time after school for the tutoring program. The pay increase will be given on a per year basis.



RESULTS TO BE EXPECTED :
Short term- Education in schools will improve because students will have to be taught the information that is needed, rather than teachers \"passing\" struggling students on to the next year\'s teacher. In order for students to pass to the next year, they must know the information that is needed.

Long term- Improved education will decrease costs in welfare and other government programs.

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