Why a liberal likes No Child
Well, we're not sure if Dianne Piche calls herself a liberal, but since she's the executive director of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, we suspect many people would put her in that category. So it's worth noting, given that many people also suspect that No Child Left Behind is the brainchild of the right-wing kooks (we know, we've beaten this horse already, but it's definitely not dead yet), that Piche was a big supporter of the law when it passed in 2002 and continues to back it today.
In the most recent issue of Education Next, Piche argues that No Child should be re-authorized. Despite the complaints, she says, No Child "is actually doing some good things for real people, many of them students who historically have been shortchanged in our public schools." She also describes No Child as not just an education law, but a civil rights law. "How long does it take a cutting-edge civil rights law to ‘work'?" she asks in the piece, which you can find here . "Could a credible argument have been made in 1969, five years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, that the ambitious law was ‘not working' and therefore ought to be abandoned?"
- Ron Matus, state education reporter