Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry claimed during last night’s Fox News-Google GOP debate that he was “vocal” in opposing President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” plan for public education, which many today call a significant drag on the U.S. educational system.
Problem is, Perry cheered “No Child Left Behind” when it was passed, and bragged that it would enable Texas to “lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools.”
But that didn’t happen. Today, the dropout rate in Texas is painfully high. Studies estimate that by 2040, three out of every 10 workers in Texas will not have completed high school.
“We must keep on this path of accountability because educating every child means advancing every dream,” Perry said in a 2002 press release, found on the Texas governor’s website.
“I was also vocal against No Child Left Behind,” Perry said during Thursday night’s debate. “It gets back to the federal government has no business telling the states how to educate our children.”
President Barack Obama announced Friday that he would allow states to opt-out of provisions in “No Child Left Behind” if they set their own educational standards for teachers and students.
“Congress hasn’t been able to do it, so I will,” the president told reporters. “Our kids only get one shot at a decent education.”
(H/T: Think Progress)