Biggert Commends Teachers on National Teachers Day
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) commended teachers throughout the 13th District on National Teachers Day, and urged them to share their ideas with her on how to make the No Child Left Behind Act work better for our students.
"As a former school board president, a mother of four, and grandmother of seven, my hat goes off to teachers who work so hard to present material in interesting and creative ways so our children can one day tackle the challenges of our competitive global market," said Biggert, a leading member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
"The quality of education in our schools is not only important to everyone, but it is everyone's responsibility," said Biggert. "One of the tasks at hand in Congress is to improve No Child Left Behind so every child benefits from this program. We need everyone to participate in the conversation affecting the future of education for our children and grandchildren."
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program, enacted in 2002, affects all teachers and students and focuses on accountability, flexibility and local control, funding, and expanded parental options.
Within the past two weeks, Biggert hosted a telephone town hall meeting with 13th District teachers to solicit suggestions on how to make No Child Left Behind work better for our students. In addition, on May 4, she hosted three forums to discuss with educators, superintendents, business leaders, and the public ways to improve the Act.
Biggert is the only Illinois House Republican who serves on the House Education and Labor Committee, which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization of NCLB. As it did in 2006, the Committee continues to review key aspects of NCLB as the law heads toward reauthorization this year.