No Child Left Behind has helped to wrongly label public schools as failures.
According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, an estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as “failing” under the nation’s No Child Left Behind Act this year.
The Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011 because states are toughening their standards to meet the requirements of the law. The schools will face sanctions ranging from offering tutoring to closing their doors.
"No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan said in a statement. "This law has created a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed. We should get out of the business of labeling schools as failures and create a new law that is fair and flexible, and focused on the schools and students most at risk.”
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