I would scrap it. It doesn’t work.
It is the law. It is not just an unfunded mandate, but the one- size-fits-all doesn’t work.
It doesn’t emphasize teacher training. It doesn’t emphasize the disabled kids.
It doesn’t — English learning kids don’t get help.
The worst thing it does is it takes districts and schools that are not doing well, takes their funds away, penalizes them. If a school is not doing well, we help that school.
The last thing we need to do, relating to teachers, is the key to a good education in this country is a strong teacher. I would have a minimum wage for all our teachers, $40,000 per year.
And I would emphasize science and math.
And I would also bring, to make sure our kids that are not scoring well in science and math, 29th in the world, to unlock those minds in science and math, I would have a major federal program of art in the schools…
… music, dancing, sculpture, and the arts.
There are a few things to quibble with in there but contrast Richardson’s direct, honest answer with the waffle offered by Joe Biden.
But I would scrap it — or I guess, theoretically, you could do a major overhaul. But I think I’d start from the beginning.
There’s no theoretically here. You cannot overhaul a miserable law with an even worse implementation.
[Side note to CNN: why aren’t the video questions linked in your transcript of this event?]