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WBKO: Senator Rand Paul Speaks In Monroe County

Jan 18, 2012

Senator Rand Paul was in Tompkinsville today, talking education.

"I think we should repeal No Child Left Behind," says Senator Paul, "I have not met a teacher, principal or superintendent in Kentucky who likes it."

The No Child Left Behind Law gives federal funding to schools based on their achievement, is in question.

"It's too much of the federal government trying to tell the local government, local school district what to do and I think Tompkinsville is different than Bowling Green, is different than downtown Louisville. So, I think we need to have more local decisions," says Senator Paul.

Officials at Monroe County Schools say even though they've achieved high test scores and received several awards, they did not meet their Adequate Yearly Progress requirements because of their drop out rate.

Superintendent Lewis Carter says, when families leave the county for other opportunities, these children are considered part of their drop out rate.

"Our graduation rate goes right to the bottom and we are penalized as a school district because they left. We have no control of it," says Carter.

Senator Paul adds "I can't imagine they'd be punished for a high drop out rate because people moved out of the system. That's an amendment just from this meeting today, I will try to go back and see if I can get that changed."

Educators were also concerned with special education needs and having enough time to adapt to new core standards.

"I have more confidence in teachers and local school districts to make decisions than I do Washington," says Paul.

This senator is unsure when changes will be made to this law, if any changes will be made.


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Lexington, KY 40503
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