In One Eye

Friday, August 19, 2005
The latest No Child Left Untested results are out in the Constitution State, and the results aren't entirely unexpected. However, the state's Department of Education seems not to be as zealous about the penalties as the Feds might like.
Even though 145 state schools failed to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act this year, state education officials say they are leery of being too harsh with sanctions.

While No Child Left Behind is notorious for the punitive actions that can be used against schools and districts that don't show improvement - including the ultimate state takeover of schools - the reality is that state education officials don't want to be too hard on districts that are trying.
I've got to think that the largely impotent and incompetent State Department of Education is waiting to see what will happen with Attorney General Blumenthal's suit and Governor Rell's compliance therewith. Until this shoe falls, the SDE will continue to whistle in the dark.