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Why NCLB Needs Changing - Now

Nclb_2A bunch of education groups don't want Congress to wait on NCLB, and they're having an  event (next week) on January 31 in DC to make the point.  Check out all the details below.

Leaving NCLB alone does two bad things, I guess:  Lets EdSec Spellings continue to make up the law as she goes along -- treating the whole thing like one big recess appointment.  The parts she doesn't muck around with are left in their old, creaky form.

How, exactly, they intend get Congress to move on this, I don't know. 


Improving No Child Left Behind Now: The Cost of Waiting


Join us for an important discussion between Congressional and Administration leaders on NCLB reauthorization and to hear from school and community leaders from across the nation who experience the high cost of waiting for needed improvements to the law.



Hosted by:


Secretary Tommy Thompson, Co-chair of the Commission on No Child Left Behind
        Governor Roy Barnes, Co-chair of the Commission on No Child Left Behind


Thursday, January 31, 2008
        9:30 am – 12 noon
        Russell Senate Office Building
        Room 325
        Corner of Delaware & Constitution Aves., NE
        Washington, DC 20510


Panelists include:


Carmel Martin, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Majority
        Lindsay Hunsicker, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Minority
        Alice Johnson-Cain, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Majority
        James Bergeron, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Minority
        Doug Mesecar, U.S. Department of Education


Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Superintendent, Richmond (VA) Public Schools
        Gary Mabrey III, CAE, President & CEO, Johnson City, (TN) Chamber of Commerce
        Natalie Elder, Principal, Hardy Elementary School, Chattanooga, TN
        Martha Reichrath, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education
        Eduardo Angulo, Chairman, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality


Reauthorizing and improving NCLB is critical to our nation’s future -- to accelerating progress in assuring that all students, regardless of race or economic status, have access to a quality education.  Every day we wait, thousands of students drop out of school, teachers continue to struggle for the support they need, and too many of our students, schools and communities miss out on the benefits that would come from improving the law.


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NCLB needs changing now, because it is destroying public education by testing the life out of schools. The tests are not indicators of the education that is taking place. They are narrowing the teaching, limiting the teachers, and frustrating parents and students. If we all accept testing as the highest goal for educators and students then we have accepted the fact that we will all be satisfied l with little more than followers in a democratic society. Who ever thought that the United States of America could come to this? Breeding ignorance and calling it education. NCLB is the work of well meaning politicians, who need to rethink their idea.

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