Rand Paul Calls for Repeal of No Child Left Behind
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.- R) is moving to block the ninth reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), currently known at No Child Left Behind (NCLB), reports the New American
Paul offered his remarks on the program at a blogger’s conference hosted by the Heritage Foundation. No Child Left Behind has been criticized by educators and lawmakers, mostly due to its standardized test requirements some consider “a race to the bottom.”
During the conference Paul pointed out that Republican icon Ronald Reagan was staunchly against the Department of Education.
"Now, at the very least, if we could just be against No Child Left Behind, which is not the entire Department of Education but actually doubled the size of the Department of Education, doubled the number of workers and increased federal control of education — all things that conservatives are ostensibly against," Paul said.
Paul and other Republicans plan to release over 100 amendments to stall the reauthorization, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Paul and his Republican colleagues also plan to make mandatory provisions of the act voluntary, but Paul said the "number one amendment will be repeal of the entire No Child Left Behind ."