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Teachers Tell Titus: Real Education Reforms Helps Students, Involves Parents and Community

Titus townhall meeting attracts more than 400 Nevada educators

Nevada educators participating in a town hall meeting tonight with Rep. Dina Titus made clear that effective public school reforms should focus on proven ideas like providing smaller class sizes and more resources that help all students and not the one-size-fits-all approach employed by No Child Left Behind. NCLB is the current incarnation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress.

“We need to focus on what works,” said Barbara Beck a former school teacher in Oregon who now teaches in Clark County.

The ESEA will be reauthorized this year and a variety of hearings are underway in both the House of Representatives and the Senate that deal with aspects of the law. Titus is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee.

Educators have developed eight guiding principles for reauthorizing ESEA including the importance of family/parental engagement and the role that competitive grants should play versus funding based on formulas.

“As my colleagues and I work to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as the No Child Left Behind Act, it is critical that I hear from the teachers and principals that have seen firsthand what works and what doesn’t,” said Rep. Dina Titus.”Tonight’s tele-town hall gave me an important opportunity to discuss ideas to improve our education system so that Nevada’s children have the opportunity to reach their god-given potential and achieve success in the global society.”

Listen to the tele-town hall here.

For more information about NEA’s principles for the reauthorization of ESEA, visit