I finally got an email from Senator Isakson in response to my email.Take a look:
Dear Mr. Dalton:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding No Child Left Behind. I appreciate your concerns and am glad to have the opportunity to respond.
As one of the authors of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, I have a vested interest in this legislation and its impact on our nation’s education system. Overall, our school systems are improving and our students are receiving more of the educational tools they need to compete in the 21st Century. I am especially pleased with the increased accountability under No Child Left Behind. That being said, I do realize that there are some areas that need revision, specifically those dealing with Adequate Yearly Progress, Special Education and non-English speaking students. As we work on reauthorization, please know that I will keep your concerns in mind as we begin to formulate ideas to improve the bill.
Thank you again for contacting me, and I hope you will not hesitate to call on me in the future if I can be of assistance to you.
United States Senator
Now go back there and read Senator Chambliss’ reply.See anything in common?See any difference between that and the reply from my congressman?There is one thing that particularly bugs and irritates me about these two republican senators.Namely, they both refer to this as President Bush’s education law.What the hell is up with that?I never heard anyone refer to IDEA 1992 as President H.W. Bush’s education act.I didn’t hear anyone referring to the ESEA 1998 law as President Clinton’s education law.And even though President Bush had little to do with actually writing this thing, those loyal to him seem to want to hang this all over him.Whatever happened to bipartisanship which was supposedly so prevalent when it was first passed?
I thank all the legislators who have responded, so far.Perhaps I should issue some letter grades to them based on their responses.Ranking them, my congressman gets the highest mark, Isakson gets a distantly lower mark and Chambliss lags further behind for not even addressing any of my concerns at all.At least Senator Isakson conceded that some changes would be in the works albeit in a more generic fashion.
Today was our first day back at work.Yep, it’s that time and the rest of you teachers can think about when it’s your turn.Our principal welcomed everyone back and then announced that the final results were that we made AYP.
Fully one third of our faculty is brand new.That means that many of those folks that helped us make AYP are no longer present on the team.A lot of those folks were first string teachers.The special education department experienced a rather large turnover, as it always does, with close to half those people who were here last year not returning.Most of the replacements are not first stringers, but folks walking in off the street who have never taught before.