(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
The House adopted the Salmon amendment 251-178. This means that of the 435 members of the United States House of Representatives, only 178 of them thought it would be a bad idea to completely wreck campus level comparability AND to create a federal parental opt-out for STATE testing systems.
So here in my (and Rep. Salmon’s) state of residence, Arizona, our state accountability system predates NCLB. If NCLB got rid of the federal testing mandate, we still have state statutes for state testing. So…the 251 affirmative votes basically thought it was a good idea to have the federal government mandate a parental opt-out wrecking state accountability systems past the point where private organizations like Greatschools can salvage them the way they have in Arizona.
I’ve either gone completely nuts, or a large majority of the House has failed to think about this carefully or perhaps at all. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.