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Nationwide State Legislator Group Unanimously Passes Resolution In Support of the Principles of No Child Left Behind

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Press Release

(Washington, DC) The National Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today approved a Resolution Supporting the Principles of No Child Left Behind, following a unanimous vote of its Education Task Force at the recent States and Nation Policy Summit.

:Our nation・s future economic strength and security depend on raising education standards and achievement, and we cannot turn our backs on children in struggling schools who need enhanced educational opportunities immediately,; said Missouri Representative Jane Cunningham, ALEC・s Education Task Force Chairwoman and National Board member. :The Administration and Congress deserve our appreciation for enacting No Child Left Behind and setting high standards while giving states the flexibility to determine proficiency levels.;

The resolution embraces the foundational principles of the No Child Left Behind Act, as it is built upon the premise that each child can learn regardless of background or upbringing. ALEC・s legislative members are committed to creating a public education system that is fundamentally focused on a strong system of accountability and transparency and to equipping parents with information necessary to make effective decisions regarding the education of their child.

:At its core, No Child Left Behind demands that our public school system educates each child while enforcing high accountability standards for students and educators alike,; said Colorado Senator Nancy Spence, ALEC・s Education-Federal Affairs Subcommittee Chairwoman. :If states choose to accept federal education dollars, we should likewise be willing to prove to taxpayers that the achievement gap is narrowing and that each child is receiving a solid education.;

While ALEC・s resolution recognizes that parents are the primary educator of their children, it acknowledges that states maintain a key responsibility for public education. The federal government is a partner in ensuring that each child is given equal opportunity to become a successful, productive citizen of the United States.

To schedule an interview with Missouri Representative Jane Cunningham, ALEC's Education Task Force Chairwoman; Colorado State Senator Nancy Spence, ALEC's Education-Federal Affairs Subcommittee Chairwoman; or ALEC's Education Task Force Director Lori Drummer, please call Joe Rinzel at 202-466-3800 or Stella Melley at 202-431-6461.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the nation's largest nonpartisan [sic], individual membership organization of state legislators, with over 2,400 legislator members from all fifty states, and 97 alumni members serving in the U.S. Congress.

— National Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
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