Boozman Bills Benefit Students and Teachers
Improvements to No Child Left Behind and Teacher Tax Credit
U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced legislation to improve portions of the "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001" in advance of its reauthorization.
The legislation focuses on changes to the NCLB assessment programs with respect to children covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and students who are designated as English Language Learners (ELL).
"I have heard from educators throughout Arkansas and all over the country on concerns they have with No Child Left Behind legislation. These pieces of legislation are the result of input and efforts from our teachers and administrators. This is a great opportunity to improve some of the areas our educators identified that will help our schools and benefit our students," Boozman said.
One legislative proposal will provide states with the power to adopt alternate and modified standards for students with disabilities, consistent with their individualized education programs.
"State and local educators should have the authority to craft alternatives which provide students with the opportunity to succeed on the tests required by this legislation," Boozman said.
The other legislative proposal allows states to identify students with limited English proficiency for up to three years, and gives states the power to create alternative testing methods for those students.
"Testing students who have limited English knowledge of the English language doesn't show their full capability. This is not fair to the students, the schools or the parents. We need to allow flexibility in this circumstance."
Boozman also introduced legislation that provides teachers, counselors, principals or aides of eligible K-12 schools who have worked at least 900 hours in a calendar year with a non-refundable tax credit of $2,000.
"Our educators have a critical job to do. We need to strive to show our education professionals that we appreciate their work. This is a step to showing we are committed to securing the best educators so our students have the resources and the knowledge they need to succeed in this global job market," Boozman said.