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Congressman Udall on NCLB

Yvonne Siu-Runyan from Boulder, Co, received this condescending letter from Representative Mark Udall. Something is horribly wrong when lawmakers don't look to our true educators for advice and respond courageously to their suggestions.

Don Perl, a leader of Coalition for Better Education, notes: I also wrote to the Congressman - with data about white flight and marginalization. He has not responded.

It is dismaying that someone with a long professional association with Outward Bound has so little interest in the corporate assault on public schools, so little interest in options for public schools.

Note that there's no mention of preparing workers for the Global Economy on the Outward Bound website. (Udall worked at Outward Bound for 20 years.)

Character Development:
Developing capacities of mind, body and spirit to better understand one's responsibilities to self, others and community.

Key areas of development are:
Physical fitness
Acceptance of Responsibility
Ability to transcend self-imposed limits

Dear Yvonne:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the "No Child Left Behind" law. I appreciate your taking time to get in touch and I apologize for the delay in my response.

No Child Left Behind was first passed in 2002. I supported this legislation because schools need to be accountable for ensuring that all of our children are receiving an education that prepares them for their future. Since No Child Left Behind has been implemented, states have noted several concerns, including the annual yearly progress expectations and the requirements for "highly qualified teachers".

Now that we have seen how the law has affected school districts and state accountability systems, it is time to reevaluate the law and possibly provide more flexibility for states as they implement their own accountability systems within the same framework of No Child Left Behind. I am encouraged by the flow of ideas currently occurring in Congress and across the country as we begin to work towards reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. I believe that, with several changes, we can adjust this law to help states raise their own standards and enhance the level of education nationwide.

Thank you again for contacting me. I always enjoy hearing from fellow Coloradans. For more information about my positions please visit my website at http://www.house.gov/markudall and sign up for my email newsletter.

— Rep. Mark Udall, Congressional District Number 2


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