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Letter to Representative Fattah supporting his "Student Bill of Rights"

June 27, 2007

Dear Representative Fattah:


On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our support for the "Student Bill of Rights" (H.R. 2373). We thank you for your leadership in introducing this bill, which provides a much needed focus on educational resource adequacy and comparability. We are particularly pleased that your bill acknowledges the critical role that adequate education resources play in improving achievement for all students.

As you know, states have the primary responsibility for elementary and secondary education, and together with local governments provide over 90 percent of school funding. Therefore, it is critical not only to increase federal funding for programs such as Title I, but also to address the wide resource disparities among school districts within states. NEA commends you for your bill's focus on reducing and eliminating these funding disparities, and ensuring that all children, including low-income and minority children, have access to rigorous academic curricula, smaller classes, quality teachers, up-to-date textbooks and technology, and other needed elements of a quality education.

NEA has been pleased to work with you as you have taken the lead in promoting increased federal funding to help states and school districts implement mandates under No Child Left Behind. We look forward to continuing to work with you on these efforts, as well as on efforts to eliminate educational disparities that adversely affect high-poverty schools.

Thank you again for your leadership on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust 
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy