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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-15 Mason County-schools-seek change to 'No Child" By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncount)z.com After being labeled as "failing," some Mason County school administrators are asking Congress to change the No Child Left Behind Act. "To be called failing, it's very demor- alizing for staff," North Mason Super- intendent Dana Rosenbach said. The North Mason School Board unanimously approved a resolution urging Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. According to the resolution, Con- gress reauthorized the act every five years until 2001 when it approved a new version of the act, now known as the No Child Left Behind Act. While the original ESEA"was creat- ed and adopted by Congress to provide equal access to a free public education based upon high academic standards for all children, regardless of ethnicity or financial economic status," accord ing to the resolution, the No Child Left Behind Act "has been acknowledged by Congressional leaders, (the) Secretary of Education and educational leaders NONPROFIT BRIEFS as flawed." Rosenbach said there is no guaran- toe that Congress will revise the law. "There is an expectation that they would look at the law again and look at what's working and what's not," she said. "Not having anything, and having this last version be what we're work- ing with when it hasn't been effective, is very frustrating." The No Child Left Behind Act re- quires that 100 percent of a school's students reach Adequate Yearly Prog- ress goals. Schools that do not meet goals out- lined in the act must set aside 20 per- cent of federal funding to remedy, the situation. "That was an impossible task," said Art Jarvis, interim superintondent at the Shelton School District. By 2014, every school is required by the act to have 100 percent of students passing every state exam, Rosenbach said. Both the Shelton and North Mason school districts are listed as failing. Last spring, Washington lost its No Child Left Behind waiver, which ex- empted the stato from portions of the law. Because the school district had a waiver for two years, the North Ma- son School District is being judged on test date from the 2011-2012 school year, which is not representative of more recent test scores, Rosenbach said. The resolution approved by the North Mason School Board states that by labeling schools as failing, the act unfairly represents schools and stu- dents are making improvements. For example, Rosenbach said, North Mason High School and Sand Hill Ele- mentary are not meeting No Child Left Behind standards, but they have also recently won stato awards for student improvements. "I think it's detrimental to our stu- dents' self esteem as well," said North Mason School Board member Dinah Griffey. Rosenbach said schools should be held accountable for their students' progress but said administrators should have more of a role in determin- ing what constitutes success rather than legislators. Because of their failing status, the North Mason School District will re- ceive additional federal assistance to help improve test scores at its individ- ual schools. The Shelton School District sent out a letter in August tolling families that the district had not met the require- mentsunder the No Child Left Behind Act. "We want every student to reach his or her full potential," reads the let- tor, sent from former Superintendent Wayne Massie. "Not all students have reached 100 percent proficiency." The letter advise families to ask their children about school, provide quiet places for homework, read to their chil- dren and share any concerns they might have with their children's teachers. "The reality, however, is that many students are the primary caregivers after school because one or both par- ents may be working. Homework may be impossible to complete," the letter states. "The one area that remains con- stant is that we must provide the best educational experience for every child, no matter what age." Additional information on the ESEA and No Child Left Behind is available at www2 .ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml. Holiday bazaar, bake sale Nov. 1 at Pavilion The Gifts & Goodies Galore holiday bazaar and bake sale will be presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Mason County Senior Activities Cen- ter at the Pavilion, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton, behind Gillis Auto Center. Admission is free to the annual fundraiser for the center. Sale items include holiday decora- tions, wooden toys, jewelry, linens and quilts. Lunch can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor tables are available by contacting Terri Shaw at 426-7374 or terri@mcsac.net. Sound Learning seeks volunteers to tutor adults The Shelton-based nonprofit Sound Learning, which educates adults to help them better succeed, is seeking volun: toers to tutor adults in reading, writing, math, GED preparation and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Sound Learning is also seeking volunteers who can provide office and technical support, assist with creative projects, and help with the children's program. Voluntoers are provided with the support, training and tools needed to assist in instructing students. For more information, call 426-9733 or emafl stoundlearning.com. Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks Kathy Haigh -- "Edm:ation Hero." Recent recipient of 2014 Hero in Education award from Washington State School Directors Association. "Haigh's knowledge and passion for the whole continuum of education - from early learning through higher education - is unmatched in the Housa " -- The Olympian, September 23, 2014 Congratulations on your Hero in Education award for yonr hard work on behalf of education. I appreciate yonr continued, energetic efforts for kidsr. -- Sue Bamard, Teacher of the Year 2006, Shelton Choice Alternative School Paid for by Committee to Re-Elect Kathy Haigh, Democrat 81 SE Walker Park Rd, Shelton WA 98584 (360) 490-1977 ' is , 35 Paid for by the Committee to Elect Irene Bowling (D) PC) BOX 3!92 Belfair WA. 98528 (253) 35g-6841 www.lreneBowling,com Info@lreneBowlingom