Begich Disappointed by No Child Left Behind Decision: Federal Law Doesn't Work for Alaska Families
U.S. Senate candidate Mark Begich said today he is disappointed by a decision from the U.S. Department of Education denying Alaska the opportunity to have more flexibility in meeting the terms of the No Child Left Behind law. The federal agency this week turned down Alaska's application to be part of a pilot program that will allow some states leeway in meeting the guidelines of the law.
"Here's another example of the disconnect between Washington, D.C. and Alaska's families," Begich said. "No Child Left Behind doesn't work in a rural state like Alaska and we absolutely should be part of any new program that allows local schools and parents to make their own decisions about our children's education."
Out of the 17 states that applied for the pilot program, only six were chosen. Those states will get to create their own plans to help struggling schools. Educators in Alaska have said No Child Left Behind, enacted six years ago, hampers learning and hurts students, especially in rural schools.
"As a U.S. Senator, I will work to repeal No Child Left Behind and bring local control back to our schools and back to Alaska's families."