The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), is up for reauthorization, and will have a Senate Education Committee vote on November 8. Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) sent out an urgent call today to parents and homeschoolers to persuade their senators to oppose this bill.
The goal of this legislation is to have all US children meet a certain proficiency in math and reading by 2014. According to critics, the law and measures taken in the classrooms to meet the standards have actually caused greater expense and failure in an already fragile school system. Homeschoolers in Arizona don’t need to be concerned about the NCLB requirements for several reasons, but HSLDA makes the case against reauthorization on the grounds of greater expansion of government into education. Future homeschoolers in Arizona and across the nation could be at risk of needing to take national exams and have a nationalized curriculum if the government control is allowed to continue to grow.