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Comment Submitted to House Education and Labor Committee on Reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Jan Resseger of the United Church of Christ Witness and Justice Ministries has posted a really excellent letter on the reauthorization of ESEA they have just submitted to the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee.

Here's a summary of their 6 points:

1. Recognize that it is unfair and immoral to demand equal outcomes while remaining silent about equalizing the resources at federal and state levels that create the opportunity for children to learn; address with resources the generational educational debt of poverty and segregation.

2. Address economic and social issues outside the school day thair impair learning.

3. Improve the most vulnerable schools and turn away from blaming teachers and punishing the schools that serve poor children.

4. Test children only in ways that improve instruction, measure real performance, and encourage exploration, imagination, and critical thinking.

5. Set a visionary and at the same time workable school improvement timeline to replace the 2014 utopian deadline.

6. Develop the unique gifts of each child, created in the image of God, rather than worshipping data and standardization. <br> <br>Go to the hot link below to read it.

— Jan Resseger
letter on reauthorization of ESEA
2010-03-24
http://www.ucc.org/justice/public-education/pdfs/UCC-Comment-on-ESEA-Reauthorization.pdf


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