Its grand ambition provided a shaky basis for policymaking, rather as if Congress asserted in the name of energy reform that America will no longer need to import oil after 2014 or fought crime by declaring that by that date all U. Picture John Kennedy pledging in 1961 that “America will get 75 percent of the way to the moon by decade’s end.” Or former President Bush and the governors solemnly declaring in 1990 that the U. would be 12th in the world in math and science by the year 2000.Indeed, it’s practically un-American to aim for anything less than the top.Meanwhile, the statute’s rhetoric invites a backlash that may not only gut the law, but also discredit the increasingly fruitful goal-setting, school-changing, choice-conferring results that have marked education reform since 1983.As the calendar rolls toward 20, and sharp increases in proficiency rates become necessary, the number of schools failing to make adequate progress will rise precipitously.And NCLB indeed has virtues: it produced long-overdue school transparency, focused unprecedented attention on achievement, created urgency where lethargy had ruled, and offers valuable political cover to determined superintendents and principals.Kennedy’s promise was kept in just eight years, when it turned out that money, brainpower, and determination could surmount the technical challenges posed by a moon landing.
During an appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Thursday, the former “Mad About You” star, who rose to fame as a teen actress, appearing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker on the ’80s movie “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” revealed that not even she could get Springfield’s attention.Rick Springfield might have been asking himself "What Kind of Fool Am I?" on Friday after he was arrested for failing to appear in court.According to TMZ, the 63-year-old "Jessie's Girl" rocker also threatened to kill the deputy and his family if they towed his 1963 Corvette Stingray during the DUI arrest. News reports that the musician was released after his wife brought over some paperwork to the station and cleared up the issue. Springfield took to his Facebook page to explain the situation to fans on Friday. Thought I might miss the gig tonite but I will be there and we will celebrate together. p .main-container #login input[type=text], .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login input[type=text] .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login div .main-container .remember-forgot .main-container .main-container .main-container #login div label .main-container button .main-container #social .main-container #social span .main-container #social span.facebook .main-container #social span.google .main-container #social span.twitter .main-container #social span.yahoo .main-container .main-container .Unless current standards are eased, thousands of schools that communities had long regarded as effective are going to be tarnished.