AFT's Weingarten: No Child Left Behind Was Doomed By Its Flaws

Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers says program failed the test.


Positive interventions include the wraparound services kids need to address out-of-class­room issues, like health and nu­trition, that have a direct effect on how well a student does in­side the classroom. We are heartened by the tremendous successes of the burgeoning community-schools movement, particularly in communities with large numbers of disad­vantaged students.

Ensuring that we help prepare all kids for life, college, and work in our knowledge-based economy will require a col­laborative, sustained effort from all stakeholders—from the president and the secretary of education on down to states, school districts, principals, teachers, parents, and commu­nity members. And it will take resources.

As we move past No Child Left Behind and toward this law's next iteration, it must reflect the complexity and urgency of educating and supporting all our students in the ever-chang­ing and increasingly demanding world in which they live. 

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