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No Child Left Behind/ESEA: It's Time for a Change!




The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the fundamental federal law governing K-12 education. 

NEA strongly supports the stated goals of the law -- to raise student learning, close achievement gaps, and ensure that every child is taught by a highly qualified teacher. But, simply put, the law is not working.

NCLB is up for reauthorization this year, and NEA is asking Congress to make three fundamental changes in the law so that it works for children:

  1. Use more than test scores to measure student learning and school performance;
  2. Reduce class size to help students learn;
  3. Increase the number of highly qualified teachers in our schools.

NEA currently supports 145 bills introduced in Congress to revise NCLB.

NEA also calls for adequate funding of NCLB. NEA state-by-state data shows how current funding falls far below the level set in the law.

 NEA needs your help on this issue.

I'm ready to take action to improve NCLB:

Tell your Members of Congress to

  • Reject Test-based Pay Programs Take Action Now!
  • Cosponsor the Improving Student Testing Act and the Improving Student Testing Act of 2007 Take Action Now!
  • Support Important Principles for ESEA Reauthorization Take Action Now!
  • Support NEA's Positive Agenda for the No Child Left Behind/ESEA Reauthorization Take Action Now!

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