Savage Inequalities

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No Child Left Behind 1 Running Head: DOES THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT REMEDY THE PROBLEMS DESCRIBED IN SAVAGE INEQUALITIES No Child Left Behind 2 Abstract Savage Inequalities is a book that reflects on children living in poverty deprived areas of several American cities. It portrays how money, race and living conditions have resulted in the lack of a quality education for children living within these public school systems. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) passed in 2001 is based on four basic principles, accountability for results, schooling choices for parents, more local control and flexibility, and a strong emphasis on doing what works best based on research. Because of this act parents and children, regardless of where they…show more content…
The first pillar deals with stronger accountability for results. The State and local school districts are required to inform parents via report cards about their schools progress in closing any achievement gaps. If no progress is made they are required to provide supplemental services, such as free tutoring or after school assistance. If no progress is made after five years, the school must make dramatic changes in the way it is run. The second pillar is more freedom for states and communities. Under the pillar schools and the state have more flexibility on how they use federal funds. Schools are able to transfer funds from one program to another allowing them to hire more teachers, increase pay or improve teacher training for example. This can be done without separate approval, this simple process gives the district more…show more content…
They can move to a better school if they have problems with theirs, or get supplemental resources, after school tutoring to help. Money is moved and spent in better ways, testing improves school curriculum. I think one would assume that NCLB helps, but according to the book Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP/PDC) at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies this may not be true. This book claims that the current accountability system does not provided sufficient evidence that the NCLB act has closed the achievement gaps. The book also claims that the NCLB accountability system does not provide the information needed to show how students are performing, or how to improve instruction, it also states that the achievement gaps that were meant to be closed are not showing, promising numbers and states are having a hard time helping low-performing schools (Engel,

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