To my surprise, it seems that some members of our state legislature here in Virginia are making plans to tell the federal government what they can do with No Child Left Behind.

The General Assembly is flirting with abandoning a landmark federal law that governs schools in the United States.

The decision could make Virginia the first state to set a deadline — summer 2009 — for planning a pullout from the No Child Left Behind Act, which ties billions of dollars to federally mandated testing standards in public schools.

Both the Senate and the House of Delegates are working with bills that say that if the state’s waiver requests aren’t granted, Virginia’s Board of Education would develop a plan to withdraw from NCLB by July 2009. Delegates have approved the bills, even adding language to one seeking to recoup federal tax money if the state withdraws.

It’s great that our state leaders have finally found the backbone, six years late, to challenge this program that has been a true disaster for American Education.

Unfortunately, all our local politicians really want from this mini-rebellion is for the feds to lighten up on the penalties and regulation when it comes to the standardized testing and other requirements imposed by the legislation.

It would be far better if they were seriously questioning the entire concept of testing as school improvement that is at the heart of NCLB.

But that’s OK. I’ll be happy with anything that works to kill this train wreck of a law masquerading as school reform.

nclb, viriginia, abandon