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Talking Points: The A-Plus Act
LAC Staff
March 22, 2007
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The A-Plus Act tries to remedy the problems created by the No Child Left Behind Act.  No Child Left Behind was implemented in 2001 in an attempt to ensure that every child in America has the opportunity to receive a quality education.

  • No Child Left Behind has become a bureaucratic nightmare, expanding spending for specific programs along with the requisite red tape.  Burdensome reporting has become the norm for both teachers and administrators under No Child Left Behind.  In fact, teachers and administrators have logged an additional 6.7 million hours of paperwork, which takes them away from their job of educating our children.

  • The goal of the A-Plus Act is to provide schools with greater flexibility to create their own education programs to best suit their individual needs.  It moves the educational decision-making from Washington D.C. to the states and localities.  This ensures that the decisions made are the best ones for the students.  

  • For the past 40 years, federal funds have been thrown at the schools with the goal of ensuring that our children are well educated so that our country can maintain its competitive edge in the world.  American taxpayers now spend well over $10,000 per student, and we continue to lose ground ó in math American 15-year-olds ranked 21 out of 28 countries, and in science we ranked 16.

  • We have gone from spending $23.1 billion in 2001 to $38.7 billion in 2006.  To what avail?  We need to redirect our resources to state education initiatives.

  • A-Plus rewards the schools by allowing them to be innovative and creative.  They can design programs to best meet the needs of their students.  A-Plus will give us what was originally intended by the No Child Left Behind Act before compromising changes shifted control from the states to Washington D.C.  This moves the authority back to the states so we donít have a one-size-fits-all educational system.

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