“No Child Left Behind” has placed tremendous pressure on public school administrators to make their students perform well on standardized tests. Any day of classes lost, they believe, means a potential loss of federal dollars. So now they’re trying to squash “Bring Your Child to Work Day” in their scramble for the crumbs cast to them by the feds from the dollars confiscated from other Americans.
CHICAGO — Many U.S. school districts urged parents to keep their kids in class and not take them to work Thursday for an annual event they say disrupts learning at an increasingly critical time of year.
From Arizona to Illinois to Texas, educators alerted parents that between high-stakes standardized testing in some areas and the H1N1 virus that kept thousands of children home earlier in the school year, the timing of “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” doesn’t make sense.
“This year, of all years, to have a student miss a day for something like this that could be done anytime — it just seems the focus should be on students and their learning here,” said Guy Schumacher, the superintendent of Libertyville Elementary School District 70 in suburban Chicago.
At schools where standardized tests aren’t being given that day, the exams may be looming. Student test scores have become increasingly important to public schools since the 2002 No Child Left Behind law was enacted, linking standardized test results to federal funding.
“Because of the high-stakes testing we’re involved in during the spring, the kids need to be in school as much as they can,” said Ron Simpson, a spokesman for a regional education service center in Richardson, Texas.
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