George Miller's response to a concerned constituent
Warning: High vomit index.
Sent: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 1:50 PM
Subject: RE: NCLB
Thank you for writing me to share your comments about the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). As I know you will agree, for far too long the public education system in this country has failed to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn, regardless of their family income, background, or race. Prior to enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act, the achievement gap between wealthy and low income students, minority and non-minority children, English speaking and limited English proficient students, was growing in spite of numerous educational reform efforts over the past forty years.
The enactment of No Child Left Behind signified a major new commitment to reversing the status quo and closing the achievement gap. When we passed NCLB we made a decision that "good enough" was not good enough for America’s children or for America. I believe that Congress is dedicated to that principle and that we are here to help, along with parents, families, teachers and communities, to create paths to excellence for all our children.
Make no mistake, the reforms are helping and in many places we are making progress towards making sure that all students-not just some students, but all students-improve their learning at school. According to the latest NAEP reading and math scores among nine-year-olds and math scores of 13-year-olds are the highest on record. Achievement among African-American and Hispanic students has surged in the last five years, helping to narrow the achievement gap between white and minority students. While these changes are not due solely to NCLB, I believe they are a step in the right direction and that this progress will continue.
The House Committee on Education and Labor, which I now chair, will hold a number of bipartisan hearings on NCLB later this year as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization process. I anticipate that there will be changes to the law as a result. As the legislative process continues, I will be mindful of your comments and I invite you to continue to share your concerns with me.
Thank again for taking the time to share your concerns on this issue.
Member of Congress, 7th District
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