ESEA Reauthorization Bill Moving: Tell the Senate to Slow Down, Think it Through, Get it Right for our Students

14 Oct

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has released draft legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind.  The stakes are very high for students, educators, and schools.  We are very concerned about what we see.  The draft committee bill:

  • Still relies heavily on outcomes of test scores instead of supporting true multiple measures of school performance
  • Prescribes top-down models of school turnaround that are not based on research, don’t work, and ignore promising locally developed ideas.
  • Takes away teachers’ rights to have a real voice in their own evaluation systems.

We know this is the wrong policy for students and educators.  But there is still time to improve this bill!

The Committee is scheduled to begin consideration of the bill as early as Wednesday, October 19.  It is urgent that educators weigh in now!  Remind Congress that you know what works in classrooms and for students.  Remind them that you know the current flaws of NCLB better than anyone because you’ve been in the classrooms and schools carrying out mandates that don’t work.

Take Action Today:

  • Contact your Senators and tell them to slow down, think ESEA reauthorization through, and do it right for our students!
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