April 28, 2016
DID YOU KNOW: According to http://www.usatoday.com/staff/2055/gregory-korte/, there are some very specific changes in the government’s role in education and the ideologies of various U. S. Presidents. Regarding provisions applying to disadvantaged students, the government has generally been praised for forcing schools and states to become more accountable for ensuring the education of poor and minority children.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Johnson – 1965)
Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, was a civil rights law that provided education funding to states and attempted to ensure that every student had access to an education. The law would expire every three to five years, requiring Congress to reauthorize it.
No Child Left Behind (Bush – 2001):
In 2001, Democrats and Republicans in Congress became increasingly concerned by the growing achievement gaps that left poor and minority students in failing schools and devised a system of testing and accountability to fix it. “The fundamental principle of this bill is that every child can learn, we expect every child to learn, and you must show us whether or not every child is learning,” President George W. Bush said in the Jan. 8, 2002, signing ceremony.
Every Student Succeeds Act (Obama – 2015): The new law tries to preserve the spirit of No Child Left Behind while fixing what was widely perceived as its one-size-fits-all approach. “The goals of No Child Left Behind, the predecessor of this law, where the right ones: High standards. Accountability. Closing the achievement gap,” Obama said Thursday. “But in practice, it often fell short. It didn’t always consider the specific needs of each community. It led to too much testing during classroom time. It often forced schools and school districts into cookie-cutter reforms that didn’t always produce the kinds of results that we wanted to see.”
Paving a New Way (Hamer – 2016): E. H. Mott Learning Center will provide disadvantaged learners (K – Adult) with a full-range of programs and services that focus on basic skills achievement, pro-social relationships, and strong interpersonal skills. We aim to reassert a sense of hope for targeted learners through social, emotional and educational initiatives. A primary goal is to motivate responsible behaviors that are likely to lead learners and their supporters on a path to success that will install a high level of pride and accomplishment while maintaining status as productive citizens of their communities. We promote the ideologies that “everyone” should have access to a quality education; that no child or adult should be left behind because of their inability to meet certain testing standards; and that every student, whether a child or an adult, should have the opportunity to succeed, not just in education, but in LIFE.
Support this initiative by donating to https://www.gofundme.com/ehmottlc-com; or if you prefer, you can be a part of an enduring piece of “Paving a New Way”. As a Bronze, Silver or Gold donor, you can choose a message to be laser engraved on one of the bricks displayed on the grounds of the E. H. Mott Learning Center, soon to be one of Orlando’s most prestigious historical sites. We are offering two sizes of bricks for our brick fundraising project.