ANCHORAGE, Alaska — John Steiner attended his last Anchorage School Board meeting as its president Monday night. After serving three full terms, Steiner can no longer run for re-election. As the outgoing president, he took time out to talk about all the changes he had seen over the last nine years.
Steiner was first elected to the board in 2002, just after President George W. Bush’s education reform law was passed.
“No Child Left Behind was a terrible law,” Steiner said. “It made us do a lot of foolish things.”
But, Steiner says, the law did do one good thing -- it forced the district to collect the data it needed to make improvements.
At the time, though, the federal legislation brought sweeping changes to a district already overwhelmed with change. “We were bursting at the seams, so a lot of what we were doing at that time was building schools,” Steiner said.