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NCLB Reauthorization

Sccording to their website, the California Retired Teachers Association CRTA is characterized by its grassroots activism. What a pity this activism does not extend too NCLB, where the message is how to fix it. The message is definitely not scrap it.

by Ken Hewitt, State Legislation Committee Chair and David L. Walrath, Legislative Advocate, Californa Retired Teachers Association

Congress has defeerred action on the reauthorization of the NCLB until the 111th Congress. CRTA is opposed to many of the provisions in the current NCLB and will be working with the California Congressional delegation and the policy committees regarding the reauthorization.

CRTA opposes the reliance on test scores as a means of determining whether students are making sufficient academic progress. The federal government's micromanagement of local school district classrooms also is opposed by CRTA. Finally, we oppose the misguided focus on two academic subjects rather than the development of the whole student including Career Technical Education programs, art, music and the other sciences and social science that are important for a well-rounded education. The CRTA Board of Directors has approved a resolution regarding the changes CRTA urges in the reauthorization of NCLB. CRTA will continue to advocate for those changes in 2009.

— Ken Hewitt and David L. Walrath
CRTA Contact


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