Cheshire, Connecticut is saying no to federal funds for low-income students, thereby escaping federal accountability rules. It makes sense. Cheshire doesn’t have that many poor students and therefore doesn’t qualify for much money. The cost of compliance exceeds the grant. Of course, it means Cheshire will face no scrutiny of how well it educates its small minority of disadvantaged students.
Meanwhile, more than 100 urban superintendents and education leaders have asked Congress “to resist pressure to scale back the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act,” reports Education Week.
The signatories to the letter objected to “the effort to roll back” parts of the law as “a thinly veiled attempt to turn back the clock to a time” when schools could average the performance scores of their students. Schools, the letter said, could “coast” on that number, rather than revealing the academic struggles of some children, such as those from low-income families and those enrolled in special education.
Education Trust, which focuses on disadvantaged and minority students, organized the campaign.