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Letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Education Regulations

March 01, 2011

Dear Representative:

As part of today’s hearing, “Education Regulations: Weighing the Burden on Schools and Students,” on behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association, we urge you to address U.S. Department of Education regulations promulgated to implement No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  Many of these regulations are impractical and overly rigid.  Moreover, they reflect neither the original legislative intent nor the realities of the current economic climate.

We seek changes in the language of specific (NCLB) administrative regulations.  Areas where the need for change is acute include “highly qualified” teacher requirements under limited circumstances; methods of calculating Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP); and how Local Education Agencies (LEAs) can — and cannot — use available federal Title 1 funds.  Our recommendations are detailed in the attached November 15, 2010, letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

At the same time that we encourage you to lighten the burden of these ill-advised NCLB regulations, we urge you to support implementation of the “gainful employment” regulations soon to be issued by the U.S. Department of Education.  These regulations are necessary to advance the common-sense principle that limited federal funds should be used judiciously — not squandered on career education programs that consistently leave students buried in debt they cannot repay.


Kim Anderson        
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy