Kildee Holds Subcommittee Hearing to Find Ways to Improve Support for Disadvantaged Students Under NCLB
Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) today convened a hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, called "Supplemental Educational Services Under the No Child Left Behind Act: How to Improve Quality and Access." The Congressman is chairman of the subcommittee.
"We owe it to our children to help provide them with the best education possible," Congressman Kildee said. "The testimonies we have gathered in this hearing will play a vital role in helping us understand how well the No Child Left Behind Act is helping disadvantaged students and what can be improved."
Today's hearing examined Supplemental Educational Services (SES), or tutoring, that are required to be provided to low-income students in schools that do not make adequate yearly progress for three consecutive years under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The following witnesses testified at today's hearing:
* Cornelia M. Ashby; Director; Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues; U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO); Washington, DC testified on the findings of an August 2006 GAO report on federal, state, and local implementation of NCLB's SES provisions and subsequent action by the U.S. Department of Education.
* Ann E. Chafin; Maryland State Department of Education; Assistant State Superintendent for Student, Family and School Support; Baltimore, MD testified on Maryland's implementation of SES, including efforts to ensure quality through the application and review processes, monitoring of SES providers and services and strategies to increase participation.
* Monica M. Roberts; Director, Office of Federal and State Programs; Boston (MA) Public Schools testified on Boston's participation in a U.S. Department of Education pilot project allowing some school districts identified under NCLB as needing improvement to continue to act as SES providers and on Boston's experience working with private SES providers.
* Ruth D. Murray; Director, Federal Grants; Newport News (VA) Public Schools testified on Newport News's participation in a U.S. Department of Education pilot project allowing some school districts to offer SES before offering public school choice under NCLB and on Newport News's experience in working with private SES providers.
* Dianne M. Piche; Executive Director; Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights; Washington, DC testified on the need to increase access to SES.