More schools to face NCLB’s consequences

Pink slips for principals and teachers, and school-funded tutoring for poor kids: Schools are increasingly looking at those kind of consequences for failing to raise math and reading scores, the Associated Press reports. Schools that don’t hit testing benchmarks for two years or longer face consequences that become increasingly stiff each year–from having to transport children to higher-performing schools and paying for tutoring to replacing staff thought to be a part of a school’s problems. Nearly 11,000 schools, or a little more than 10 percent of all public schools, have missed their state-set progress goals and are taking corrective steps, according to the federal Education Department. That number has been rising slowly and is expected to grow at a faster clip over the next few years. Ellen Forte, who consults with states on education issues, said she worries that states and school districts are going to have trouble finding the money and personnel to make the required changes. School budgets nationwide are facing cuts because of the downturn in the economy…

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