Secretary of Education Tells Congress to Fix No Child Left Behind Legislation

Jun 16, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Federal law that was passed with No Child Left Behind required that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math.

Congress can pass laws that may become outdated. Even though it was only passed ten years ago, the No Child Left Behind legislation is being criticized for its lack of effectiveness, according to CNN.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced his intentions to overhaul the outdated legislation himself if Congress is unwilling to do so, the news source reported.

Though Congress has been working on how to create effective legislation for the No Child Left Behind issue, Duncan said he has seen little progress and may use his legal authority to waive a variety of provisions in the law, reported CNN.

"We don’t want to see 75, 80% of our schools labeled as failures. It just doesn’t reflect reality," the Secretary of Education told the Detroit Free Press.

Federal law that was passed with No Child Left Behind required that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math. States are having a difficult time reaching this high standard due to decreased funding, according to the news source.