Boston Globe reports on some middle school students covering the convention for their school newspaper.
And, from an anti-NCLB ad in the Globe:
Passed by a bipartisan vote, NCLB will close the majority of American elementary schools, or will allow them to be taken over by the state or profit-making businesses. NCLB. . .
*Shifts control of most aspects of education from states to Washington ideologues
*Drives students and teachers out of schools and encourages lying about the facts
*Limits and proscribes educational research
*Bases all decision-making on test scores
*Labels effective schools as failing and effective teachers as unqualified
*Controls who may teach and how they teach
*Mandates archaic methods and materials
*Uses blacklists to banish professionals, institutions, methods, and books
*Punishes diversity in schools
Well, they got one right. It apparently does encourage lying about the facts.
Update: Turns out, according to a reliable source, that the ad only cost about $11K, which is, almost, chump change. In fact, by Eduwonk’s rough estimate it’s only about $733 per falsehood — a real bargain in today’s economy! Anyway, forget the previous question.