Friday, May 6

A C.L.A.S.S. Act

Ted unveiled the Comprehensive Learning Assessment for Students and Schools (CLASS) Act in a speech this week. There can be little doubt that the education crisis, or more accurately Taft's complete inability to deal with the education crisis, will be one of the biggest issue's in the 2006 election. The CLASS Act is a sort of amendment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

The CLASS Act would reward schools with lots of students in Advanced Placement classes and low dropout rates. It would also allow schools to have more leeway in the number of students taking special needs classes or alternative classes. These two changes to NCLB are much needed to say the least. In my high school, there is only two AP courses. I went to college a lot less prepared than other students. It is frustrating to see so many kids in different districts with such a better education. Also, my high school had a limited number of classes for students with learning disabilities or special needs. NCLB allows only one percent of students to have access to have an alternative means of testing other than the profinency test. There were many more students than one percent -- which would only be eight students in my high school -- that required such an alternative means.

It's good to see Ted out there so early with an education plan. No, it's not a state education plan per se, but it definitely shows he wants to change things to meet the needs and desires of actual teachers, which is something President Bush seems unwilling to do.


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