America’s Government on Public Policy

The Federal government designed the No Child Left Behind initiative to
improve the education performance of all students, although it is a
rewrite of the prior Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NCLB
initiative represents the expansion of the national governments role in
education. The act clearly mandates conformity to elevated standards and
sanction schools that do not attain the set standards, rather than just
providing financial assistance by the government. The act stipulates
that schools enhance accountability, provide varied choices for students
and parents and more flexibility for schools and states, and that
reading is encouraged. Enhanced accountability for schools and teachers
is assessed through standardized tests, and failure to attain the set
progress goals may result to less funding or closure of the schools. The
government’s amplified role in education has resulted to minor
improvements in American student’s performance, through its policies
such as its continued path of top down accountability, devolution of
power to states and district and restructuring of the fundamental
policies to new ones (Levine, 2007).
The Constitution only changed the word granted to delegated, in stating
how legislative power shall be vested in the Congress, which comprises
the Senate and House of Representatives. This change made the federal
government appear as conciliatory and gentle. This contrast led to
weakening of overall government powers since the individual states
posses’ authority to decide on voter eligibility. Bills are drafted in
committees, passed into law or shot down. Nancy Pelosi a committee
member and also House minority leader is at the fore front for
implementation of the immigration bill. The bill called the Trust Act
outlines the stripe between federal immigration enforcement and local
law enforcement. With this bill, California’s tradition of being at
the helm of sensible and smart policies will be upheld. Pelosi holds
that constant deportations have been the cause for reduced immigrant
crime victims, willingness to cooperate with the local law enforcement,
thus lowering public safety. She is an activist for human rights with
efforts such as the fight to develop China’s civil rights records and
also her efforts in freeing the people of Tibet. Her continued push for
transparency and accountability in government has seen the House pass
tough ethics legislations in Congress history. As house speaker, she led
the struggle to approve the DISCLOSE Act, that fights against corporate
conquest of US elections (Cramer, 1994).
References
Levine, P. (2007). The future of democracy: Developing the next
generation of American citizens. Medford, Mass: Tufts Univ. Press.
Cramer, C. E. (1994). For the defense of themselves and the state: The
original intent and judicial interpretation of the right to keep and
bear arms. Westport, Conn.
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