82 Percent Of U.S. Schools May Be Labeled 'Failing'

By: AP
By: AP
   Education Secretary Arne Duncan says an estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
Seventh-grader Edwin Gradados works on an assignment during a financial mentoring program on Tuesday morning at Sweetwater Middle School.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says an estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year.

Under the Education Department's calculation released Wednesday, the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011. The schools will face sanctions ranging from offering tutoring to closing their doors.

Duncan is expected to testify at a House education and work force committee hearing Wednesday afternoon, asking federal lawmakers to rewrite the Bush-era act, which was established in 2002.

The targets were designed with the goal of having all students proficient in math and reading by 2014.

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  • by Mia Location: Colorado on Mar 10, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    1Ya. I hope you don't have children because they probably are just like you. It is not the unions that are the problem, remember unions and the schools districts The Ozarks Sentinel - Nita Jane Ayres")AGREE on a contract!! The problem is that we are paying for educating illegal aliens at greater numbers than anyone could have imagined. It is for the most part, the fault of the State of Colorado. We need to develop a plan like the State of Missouri, refer to The Ozarks Sentinel - Nita Jane Ayers. They have no illegal aliens! Look at the savings this state would see, no special language programs, English as our officail state language, not to mention the savings our state would see in welfare, food stamps, hospital costs, and we would have more jobs!! This is not to mention the trouble alot of illegals are getting into would be done away with, at least in our schools and our cities. Read the article, what their state has been able to do has helped them grow and begin to prosper.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    And try not to teach the Constitution. The Patriot Act is more amusing.
  • by ya on Mar 10, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    gee one of the largest unions is teachers and they get paid well, numerous paid vacations, alot of time off in the summer. i heard of a state where the teacher unions and other unions were soooo mad. they need more money, benefits, but hey they dont need to teach are kids anything. hmmm 82% schools failing. go unions, ha you are failing our future thanks for nothing.
  • by Dan Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    No child left behind is a joke and just teaching to CSAP is not educating our children! Check out your school district archives and see what teachers were allowed to teach in the "old days". You will be amazed at what a senior had to know in order to graduate from high school! Check out digitalhistory.uh.edu/quizzes/8thgrade_answers.cfm. When our teachers are allowed to teach, student will again want to stay in school and learn! I do agree, that "bad" teachers should be let go and if the union for the teachers wants to stay alive; their contract needs to stipulate that important element. Also, teachers should not be allowed to have their pay increased by how many master degrees they have! This is stupid, a teacher could have a Masters Degree in Embalming and be called a Doctor (Ph.d)and yet is a Social Studies teacher?!?! If you look at the title Ph.d the meaning in this case would mean: Piled higher & Deeper!! Do Away with CSAPs and No Child Left Behind; we will see results!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 02:21 AM
    John Taylor Gatto
  • by Mayor Ryan/What Women Think on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    "Hey hunny, let's not worry about having four kids, schools are essentially "free" through taxes so lets not worry about costs since the system encourages this. Don't worry, they'll get reduced lunch pricing, a free school bus ride to their free school, and a free extra-curricular activity after school, and the government will even send them an almost interest-free loan for college, despite the artificially increased enrollment raising the price anyways."
  • by anaside Location: colorado on Mar 9, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    When there are that many schools "failing," you would have to not just look at the schools but the grading system, too. The measure itself is flawed...
  • by Teacher3 Location: Your neighborhood on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    There are too many cooks in the kitchen!!! If we want to have the educational glory of yesteryear, we need to go back to the way things were!! The government and everyone else (except the students and me!) needs to get out of my classroom and let me do what I do best - teach! Currently, there are so many people telling me what to teach and how to teach it that I can't even breathe. I think that teachers used to teach the students. Unfortunately, now the teachers have to teach the government meddlers, the district administration, the school administration, the parents, the community, etc., etc. It doesn't leave much time to teach the kids!!
  • by Bert Location: West Side on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    No one is going to mention the fact that the class has to be taught in 2 languages sometimes 3. The other sad fact is that while teachers are trying to cram the kids full of csaps info so they look good they dont teach any useful stuff anyway they hand out calculators and allow computers to do all the work. It is all part of a plan though you want proof look at how many people know the constitutional law and the fact that making the american public buy something they do or dont want is against that law, further more the government is not allowed to own shares or control any business. The bottom line dumb people are easier to rule over.
  • by Keith Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    Teacher2, Proofreading failure, "...skpped from one grande to another ..." Should teachers be expected to spell?
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