Analyzing Changes in Education

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Deborah Hastings
SEC 501
February 24, 2016
Mr. M
Analyzing Changes in Education
We’ve come a long way, baby! Over the past 100 years of public education in the great state of Alabama, changes in education have been literally fought for by blood, sweat and tears. However, with the desegregation issues from 1964 closed for the past 50 years, state legislatures still find plenty of arguments concerning public education reforms. Most of these arguments, though, are essentially concerns about federal control over state. Thanks to several federal acts, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 the students of Alabama schools are all getting a better education. Just by these two acts,
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1). Unfortunately, because of prejudice beliefs, several private schools in Alabama were formed after integration took place. Today, the teachers’ ethical dispositions, for the most part, are as they should be in showing no discrimination toward any students they are teaching.
Common Core Standards While the ESEA made no requirements for core academic subjects, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), reauthorized the 1965 act. No significant academic criterion requirements were required federally under the NCLB. The act required each state to set their own standards for achievement in the standardized testing. NCLB did, however, emphasize core academics standards to include reading, language arts, math and science for assessment of all students to receive federal funds. In 2012, President Obama allotted NCLB waivers to states that agreed “to raise standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness,"(NCLB, Wikipedia, ref. 107). Alabama’s waiver initiated the states adoption of the international Core Curriculum along with their own Alabama College and Career Ready Standards which includes English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (ACCR, par.1). According to Alabama Board of Education superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, “Incorporating the Common Core Standards into our already highly regarded content standards brings a new level of rigor and perceptual
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