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Forum held to discuss NCLB issues: Educators voice complaints against "draconian" law

Michigan residents should contact Rep Kildee, letting him know he shouldn't cave in to Miller.

Everyone should write all their Congressional representatives. Do it NOW.

By Kathleen Conat

Educators from around the state gathered at Ypsilanti High School Aug. 23 to participate in a forum on the No Child Left Behind law.

U. S. Rep. John Dingell, D-15th, and Rep. Dale Kildee, D-5th, listened to concerns and took questions on the controversial law that went into effect in January 2002. Kildee serves on the Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce, which is in the process of revising the law.

The session was moderated by Kathleen Straus, president of the Michigan Board of Education.

NCLB, which mandates that 100 percent of students get 100 percent results on tests by 2014 has been condemned as draconian by educators across the country since it was passed in 2001.

In addition to unrealistic expectations and ways of measuring progress that vary from state to state according to educators, the law has never been fully funded by the Bush administration.

These concerns were brought forward and Kildee acknowledged that Congress would have to move carefully in order to get changes through without a presidential veto.

Both representatives urged constituents to read the proposed changes, which can be found on the House Web site: http://edlabor.house.gov/. The committee also is looking for comments and suggestions for changes, which can be sent to ESEA.Comments@mail.house.gov.

Kildee said the committee hopes to have the revisions out of committee in September and ready for a Congressional vote by December.

This is in order to avoid trying to get it passed during the upcoming presidential election year "when things get crazy."

Kathleen Conat is a longtime Ypsilanti resident and freelance writer for The Courier. She can be reached through editor@ypsilanticourier.com.

— Kathleen Conat
Ypsilanti Courier


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