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Secretary of Education Rod Paige Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (born June 17, 1933), served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, built a career on a belief that education equalizes opportunity, moving from college dean and school superintendent to be fielded questions on standards, the digital divide and the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act “Title I” redirects here. For other uses of "Title I", see Title I (disambiguation).
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NSBA North Saskatoon Business Association (Canada) Executive Director Anne Bryant firing off her own questions, and asking submitted questions from the audience, Paige covered the most pressing topics.
Many educators were concerned about testing. Paige hammered ham·mered
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Adj. home the Bush Administration's emphasis on accountability and the need to measure the performance of every student in every school system. This is part of the administration's message that no child be left behind, he said. One educator complained that we are becoming a nation of test takers and not learners. Paige didn't agree, saying tests need to be kept in context. Educators have to focus on the reasons tasks are measured, he said.
The administration does not advocate a national curriculum. "Education is owned by the states. The federal role is a limited role," he said, reminding the audience that federal money accounts for only 7 percent of educational funds. Given that he was addressing a crowd of educators who use technology for learning, it isn't surprising that Paige emphasized the importance of computer use and Internet access See how to access the Internet. in schools. He urged administrators to embrace technology. Setting an example is one step in narrowing the digital divide. He made it clear, though, that more federal funds Federal Funds
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These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve for technology are not the answer. Instead, educators should use the resources they already have and make sure all students have access to them.
As for the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has been stalled in the legislature since Sept. 11, Paige predicted that the bill would be out of committee and signed by President Bush this month.
Paige promised continued funding for Title 1 programs, which are designed to assist students from low-income households.
He also supported more funding for special education, although he said that this area needs more study. K-3 reading instruction must be improved so that students are not mistakenly classified as learning disabled, he said.
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