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Teachers of the Year Call for Changes to NCLB

WASHINGTON -- One day after meeting with President Bush at the White House to celebrate their selections as state Teachers of the Year, more than two dozen of the educators organized a press conference on the so-called No Child Left Behind law to call for significant changes as the law heads for debate in Congress.

Fifty of the 56 state Teachers of the Year issued a joint statement April 27 detailing the flaws in the federal law and endorsed a 10-point platform to attempt to mold the federal government's practices into an effective force in the classroom.

The top three recommendations are full funding of federal mandates, a growth model to assess student progress, and multiple methods of evaluating student achievement.

The full set of recommendations is: