Sunday, February 21, 2010

US House Committee begins work to rewrite NCLB

This week Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Education and Labor Committee said that they intend to begin work next week to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act.

U.S. Reps. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the committee, John Kline (R-MN), the senior Republican of the committee, Dale E. Kildee (D-MI), the chairman of the subcommittee on elementary and secondary education, and Michael N. Castle (R-DE), the senior Republican of that subcommittee, issued the following joint statement:

"Today, we're announcing a bipartisan, open and transparent effort to rewrite No Child Left Behind - a law that we all agree is in need of major reform. It will start with a series of hearings in the coming weeks to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead as we work to ensure an excellent education is available to every student in America. With a real commitment to innovation, we invite all stakeholders who share our serious interest in building a world-class education system to email us their suggestions."

The committee's first hearing will focus on charter schools and will be held on next Wednesday, Feb.24. Beginning today, groups and stakeholders can send the committee their input and suggestions at The deadline for comments is March 26, 2010.

This information courtesy of a Washington Post article.

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