|The Washington Bureau of Media General arranged an interview with Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in August.
National correspondent Gil Klein invited teachers to provide the questions about the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act.
Click here to read Gil Klein’s story.
Click here to read the full transcript of the interview.
The No Child Left Behind Act (2001)
No Child Left Behind is a federal program that strives to improve the performance of America’s primary and secondary schools by increasing the standards of accountability for states, school districts and schools. It is focused on math and reading and re-authorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Read an overview of the act here.
NCLB Links and Resources
- Teacher-to-teacher Initiative – Dept. of Education site to enable teachers to share ideas and resources.
- PowerPoint Presentations for the classroom – selected PowerPoint presentations from Teacher workshops sponsored by the Dept of Education.
- Gateway Educational Materials – Thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.
- Parents’ Guide to NCLB – Facts for parents.
- Tools for Student Success – How to help your kids attain success in the classroom.
- “A site advocating a sound approach to school improvement”
- National Education Association
Margaret Spellings took over the office of Secretary of Education on January 20, 2005.
She served as Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during President George W. Bush’s first term. In that role, she helped craft education policy, including the No Child Left Behind Act, passed in 2001.
Prior to her White House appointment, Spellings served as a senior advisor to then-Gov. Bush. Her achievements include the Texas Reading Initiative, the Student Success Initiative to eliminate social promotion, and what many have called “the nation’s strongest school assessment and accountability system.” She began her association with Bush when she served as a political advisor during his 1994 run for governor.
Spellings was born in Michigan in 1957. She moved with her family to Houston, Texas, when she was a grade school student. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
She has two daughters, ages 18 and 13.
PBS’s “Frontline” took a look at the No Child law right after it went into effect in 2002.
Watch the show here.
Lisa Hogsett of Virginia asks whether pass rates will be lowered for disabled youngsters
Jennifer Andrews of Virginia asks about certification for special ed teachers
Maria Luzzi of Virginia asks about recently emigrated students
Jenny Karluk of Virginia asks whether the No Child Act violates the Americans With Disabilities Act
Anita Altman of Florida asks whether the No Child Act penalizes schools for doing a good job
Connie Gillespie of Florida asks whether the No Child Act can be used to help states balance priorities
Deborah Hicks of Florida asks about money her Title I school lost
Jim Mullin of Florida asks about resources for lesson plans
Carol Schiavone of Florida asks about the rewards for good performance in Title I schools
Angelia Visco of North Carolina asks Spellings to explain Adequate Yearly Progress
Angelia Visco of North Carolina asks why low growth schools don’t get better funding
Marshall Marvelli of North Carolina asks why No Child doesn’t address class size
Tom Yarber of Virginia asks about teacher vacancies
Margaret Griffin of Virginia asks help for low-IQ students
Margaret Griffin of Virginia asks about federal incentives for school construction
Ann Miller of Virginia asks whether the No Child Act makes unrealistic demands of special ed teachers
Libby Morrison of North Carolina asks whether the No Child Act has made it impossible to find well trained staff for programs aimed at the mentally-challenged
James Davis of North Carolina asks about teaching to tests
Rebecca Kaufmann of Tennessee asks about serving the needs of the non-academic student
Linda Weber of Virginia asks Spellings if she plans to lobby for more education funding
Deanna Gordon of Virginia asks Spellings where the government gets the authority for the No Child Act
Nancy Welch of Virginia asks Spellings about changes to the No Child Act in 2007