Sunday, September 30, 2007

No Child Left Behind re-authorization

Please email your U.S. Representative and Chairman Miller about No Child Left Behind!

House Education Committee Chairperson George Miller (California) is moving at lightning speed to re-authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as No Child Left Behind, and this could be a done deal soon.

Chairman Miller's draft is VERY flawed in many people's opinion.

Our basic message: The bill should go back to the drawing board.

  • It circumvents collective barganing and establishes bonus pay categories;
  • It establishes a tracking system by which to evaluate and pay teachers based on student test scores;
  • It still requires that 100% of students achieve proficiency in 2014;
  • "Multiple measures of assessing students" has been interpreted to mean MORE tests;
  • It fails to account for unique needs of English language learners and special education students;
  • It does not fully fund special education or other mandates, but schools are held accountable regardless;
  • It eliminates the Hight Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) through which teachers can demonstrate that they are "highly qualified."
If you send an email to your Member of Congress using the address below, a copy will automatically be sent to Chairman Miller.

Do NOT send emails to your Congressperson from school computers.

Click this link to the NEA website and type in your zip code to send an email to your elected official.

Thank your for your advocacy for students and public education.