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Issue Position: Education - No Child Left Behind (NCLB)


NCLB has drawn mixed reviews over its effectiveness and fairness since its enactment in 2002. Many of the provisions were rigid and unyielding and the legislation was not fully funded. We need an education law that treats schools and children fairly, that provides educators and administrators with the flexibility they need to meet high standards, and which delivers to schools the resources they need to improve and succeed.

A draft of the NCLB reauthorization was recently released by the House Committee on Education and Labor to give schools more flexibility by allowing them to use multiple indicators, instead of just reading and math test scores when judging their annual yearly progress (AYP). The draft is a work in progress as the Education and Labor Committee continues to meet with teachers and education groups to receive feedback.

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