In his last Rochester school board meeting as superintendent, Bolgen Vargas Thursday reported that the district faces a $36.9 million budget gap for 2016-17 and suggested the board find the money to open a "school of last resort" for students with serious social and emotional needs.
The No Child Left Behind Act, former President George W. Bush’s signature domestic policy, was ambitious and in some respects, well-intended legislation. NCLB was supposed to help create equity in the nation's K-12 public education system by making educators more accountable for the federal dollars they received. But the law has all but sunk under the weight of its own controversy, and talk of revising or repealing it has been almost constant. President Obama allowed waivers to NCLB, but in other ways expanded it with his Race to the Top initiative.
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Rochester teachers will protest problems with school safety and special education at Thursday's school board meeting, the product of both difficult conditions in schools and a worsening relationship between the Rochester Teachers Union and district administration.
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