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House Minority Whip Roy Blunt was at Willard High School Monday to meet with educators and discuss the federal No Child Left Behind law. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt was at Willard High School this afternoon to meet with educators and discuss the federal No Child Left Behind law, which President Bush signed into law five years ago today.
law is up for renewal this year.
Educators at the meeting gave No Child Left Behind mixed reviews.
Willard Public Schools Superintendent Kent Medlin.
Specifically, Medlin says the federal law should not require children with mental and developmental disabilities to achieve at the same level as their non-disabled peers.
Medlin says he's seen the difficulties of this expectation firsthand as a superintendent and as a parent of a daughter with a learning disability.
In addition to expressing concerns with No Child Left Behind, Medlin and the other public school officials also offered some recommendations.
Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Norm Ridder says the federal government should offer states that perform well waivers.
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt says he's interested in the idea.
Blunt says he regrets voting for No Child Left Behind. He says he hopes as Congress considers re-authorizing the program, there will be significant changes including what he describes as more realistic expectations for schools.