Congress is currently working to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). There is widespread consensus on both sides of the aisle that this act is in need of reform and that our kids can't wait any longer. NCLB has not been reauthorized since it was created in 2001, and new reforms would represent a milestone in reforming our education system. The House Education and the Workforce Committee has held several hearings on the reauthorization of NCLB already, and Schiff is hopeful that the Committee will introduce a bill to reauthorize and reform NCLB this year.
Schiff believes that any reform of NCLB needs to take into account the views of those most affected by the law--students, parents, teachers and administrators--if it is going to truly improve education in our country. Accountability should include a variety of measures of performance, while also leaving room for teachers, parents and school administrators--people who know students best--to exercise their judgment on how to teach their students.