With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.
Passing a law is often not enough; resources must be provided to help schools understand both what they're required to do and what they need to do to actually prevent bullying. Senators must consider whether their goal in adding bullying to the ESEA is to simply "send a message that bullying must be addressed" or to actually see reductions in bullying.
At one of the most divisive political moments in our nation's history, in a piece of legislation that itself is controversial and has failed to be reauthorized despite numerous attempts over the past six years, a bipartisan amendment providing for education innovation and research sailed through a Senate committee.