Education Dept. Warns of Inaccurate NCLB E-Mails
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to debunk widely circulated e-mails that erroneously say the No Child Left Behind Act mandates that students who fail their 10th grade reading and math tests must accept an inferior high school completion certificate that would prohibit them from attending college or vocational school.
“These e-mails are inaccurate, could lead to misunderstanding, and need to be corrected,” Chad Colby, an Education Department spokesman, said in a May 24 statement.
The e-mails, which appear to have been circulating for more than a month urge recipients to spread the word about a provision “slipped in” by President Bush during a supposed 2004 revision to the federal law. The e-mails assert that students who do not pass their states’ 10th grade tests in language arts and mathematics must either drop out of school and seek a General Educational Development credential or accept...
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