ALL CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND?
HOW FEDERAL EDUCATION REFORM DRAMATICALLY ALTERS THE PURPOSE AND CONTENT OF PRESCHOOL TO HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND…
By Debbie Niwa (2004)
U.S. education is being transformed in purpose and content—propelled by federal laws such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), Goals 2000: Educate America Act of 1994, and Carl D.Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act Amendments. This massive undertaking is commonly called School-to-Work (STW) or School-to-Careers (aka workforce training or human resource development).
While the School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA) sunset on October 1, 2001 and the “seed money” vanished, the goals remain. As stated in the law, STWOA funds would serve “as venture capital, to underwrite the initial costs of planning and establishing statewide School-to-Work Opportunities systems that will be maintained with other Federal, State, and local resources.“