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Nearly 400 Local School Board Resolutions Delivered to Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act

Ohanian Comment: Maybe I should reconsider my position of supporting local school boards. . . . I would add that no Vermont school boards are on the list.

This band-aid approach to reauthorization is shortsighted. Such organizations as NSBA should have the nerve to shout, "Hell no, NCLB has got to go." Tinkering with and placing band aids over traumatic injuries does not work.

link to press release here: http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPR30/Url.aspx?442x10057x4117

Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2007
Contact: Linda Embrey
703-838-6737; press@nsba.org

Alexandria, VA – July 18 – In anticipation of the unveiling of the House Education and Labor Committee chairman’s bill to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) delivered today nearly 400 resolutions passed by local urban, rural and suburban school boards to the members of the Committee. The resolutions urge Congress to reauthorize NCLB now, and to include the provisions of H.R. 648 in the final House bill.

The No Child Left Behind Improvements Act of 2007 (H.R. 648) was introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska). Co-sponsors of the bill include three Democrats and three Republicans: Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Charlie Melancon (D-La.), Steven Rothman (D-N.J.), Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), and Todd Platts (R-Pa.). This bipartisan bill includes more than 40 provisions to improve NCLB through common sense changes in the areas of accountability, assessments, school improvement, and state and local flexibility. The provisions were recommended by the National School Boards Association based on input by school board members, educators, administrators, and other local stakeholders.

“Although the sponsors of the No Child left Behind Act of 2001 hoped to establish a rigorous accountability system for the nation’s public schools, what has evolved in the name of accountability is a measurement framework that bases its assessment of school quality on a student’s performance on a single assessment,” said Norm D. Wooten, president of the National School Boards Association and local school board member from Kodiak, Alaska. “It also mandates a series of overbroad sanctions not always targeted to the students needing the services. The current law has resulted in unintended consequences contrary to the original goals and objectives of the law and must be addressed without further delay for the sake of our schools and students.”

By reauthorizing NCLB during the 110th Congress, and including the provisions recommended by NSBA, Congress would:

* Ensure significant improvements in the validity and reliability of assessments for all students, particularly those students with disabilities and those not proficient in English;

* Foster increased accuracy and fairness in public reporting of student, school, and school district performance;

* Allow schools and school districts to target resources to those students who need the most attention;

* Eliminate the overbroad negative labeling of schools and school districts; and,

* Establish federal funding levels commensurate with the federal mandates.

“School boards across the nation have developed recommendations that will improve our public schools not abandon them,” said Wooten.

Here is a complete listing of local school districts that have passed resolutions,
Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association is a not-for profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.

— National School Boards Association
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