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Grading schools on a curve

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By Jeffry Gardner

Candidate and current President Barack Obama recently let 10 states off the educational hook, as it were, by waiving their need to follow the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.
Eleven states wanted out of the legislation, but one lowly state was, er, left behind.  
Ours.
Aside from this being another deliberate act by the Obama Administration to skirt Congress – a nasty habit that Americans are becoming enured to – a cynical person might take a look at the 10 states that got a pass and think, “Well, in an election year you’d probably want to make sure teachers and soccer moms in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee remember who grades their papers.
“New Mexico, however, is in the bag.”
That conclusion isn’t necessarily farfetched.  All 10 of the exempted states are vital to the president’s re-election effort.
 But right now, the Obama campaign considers New Mexico a foregone conclusion.
Aside from the politics, however, is the underlying bitterness public educators seem to have for NCLB. Yet, I recall clearly when the bill was passed. Fade back in time…


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