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Tue., Nov. 8, 2011, 2:40 p.m.

Luna Speaks Re: No Child Left Behind

Testifying at a U.S. Senate committee hearing today, state schools superintendent Tom Luna says he backs the bipartisan efforts to reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind education law. The testimony came months after Luna informed the federal government that Idaho would opt out of some of the provisions in the 10-year-old law. “The current No Child Left Behind law reminds me of the old Clint Eastwood movie, 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.' The good is that it created a standards-based system where schools are accountable for every child. The bad is it is a one-size-fits-all model that is difficult to implement in rural states like Idaho. The ugly is the federal government now sets the goal and prescribes the programs we must use to meet that goal. If those programs don’t work, we are held accountable,” Luna said/Kevin Richert, Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you elated/dismayed that Superintendent Luna is speaking on behalf of Idahoans before Congress re: the No Child Left Behind education law?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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