Thompson: Hidden Costs Of NCLB -- Then & Now
Remember way back nearly a decade ago when "reformers" laughed at Connecticut's lawsuit challenging NCLB for imposing unfunded mandates? The state argued that it would need to nearly triple spending on standardized testing or dumb down its assessments. It estimated that the additional cost of meeting NCLB mandates would be $41.6 million dollars. Now that 39 states and D.C. contemplate the costs of "getting out from under NCLB's thumb," those arguments don't seem so funny. John Fensterwald reports in Thoughts on Public Education that California estimates that the "reforms" required to be granted NCLB waivers by the Duncan administration would cost the state between $2 to $2.7 billion. It would cost $76 million just to train principals and conduct teacher evaluations. Children Now acknowledges that that the price tag for such an evaluation system, that might not be long for the world, would be " huge lift." The California Teachers Union says it would be "money down a rat hole." Connecticut deserves an apology.-JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.