The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has begun a blog as part of its campaign to address the scheduled 2007 reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The blog is called “NCLB, Let’s Get It Right.” The 1.3 million-member organization is represented in the blogosphere by two AFT employees, identified only as John and Michele. The two bloggers will call attention to what the union views as problematic about the federal law. According to the web site, AFT believes the law suffers from “chronic under-funding” and other flaws that undercut its original promise to improve student learning. The site also gives users the opportunity to take part in the dialogue and play a part in improving America’s public schools for students and teachers. A recent blog entry discussed an editorial in the Washington Post encouraging the dismissal of District of Columbia teachers who lacked proper certification. Commenting on the Post’s editorial, John wrote that the dismissed teachers could wind up in the city’s charter schools. The No Child Left Behind law, he wrote, “is opening up markets for uncertified teachers even as it demands that teachers in regular public schools meet stricter requirements.”

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