Our new education secretary Margaret Spellings, talking up some of the”revolutionary principles” of No Child Left Behind:
The second principle: respect for local control. That’s nothing new — it’s from the United States Constitution. No Child Left Behind was designed not to dictate processes, but to promote innovation and improve results for kids.
Here’s what Virginia’s Republican controlled House of Delegates had to say about the bill. The language is from a resolution calling on Congress to exempt the state from No Child Left Behind last year:
[No Child Left Behind]represents the most sweeping intrusions into state and local control of education in the history of the United States. [It will cost] literally millions of dollars that Virginia does not have.”
The resolution passed 98–1.