NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
As a former teacher, I am committed to providing our nation's children with the best possible education. I firmly believe in the original goals of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) but I understand that a "one size fits all" approach to student achievement is not possible. With approximately, 500 schools scattered throughout 572,000 square miles, the vastness of our state poses logistical problems. In addition, schools range in size from several students in rural villages to approximately 2,000 students in Anchorage high schools. Language barriers also need to be addressed. There are 20 different Alaska Native languages spoken in the state and during the 2004-2005 school year, students in the Anchorage School District spoke 95 different languages. To help our schools overcome these unique issues, I have introduced the No Child Left Behind Improvements Act of 2006, H.R. 5709.
The No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law on January 8, 2002 and offers improvements that address many of the unintended consequences of the federal legislation while holding states and school districts accountable.
To further improve the No Child Left Behind Act, my bill contains more than forty provisions that focus on five areas: Assessments, Measuring Adequate Yearly Progress, Sanctions, State Flexibility by the U.S. Department of Education and Non-Public Schools.