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Improving No Child Left Behind Now 

On January 31, 2008, leaders of Congress, the Administration, schools and communities will gather to discuss NCLB reauthorization and the high cost of waiting for needed improvements to the law.

Reauthorizing and improving NCLB is critical to our nation’s future -- to accelerating progress in assuring that all students, regardless of race or economic status, have access to a quality education.  Every day we wait, thousands of students drop out of school, teachers continue to struggle for the support they need, and too many of our students, schools and communities miss out on the benefits that would come from improving the law.

Panelists include:

  • Carmel Martin, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Majority
  • Lindsay Hunsicker, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Minority
  • Alice Johnson-Cain, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Majority
  • James Bergeron, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Minority
  • Doug Mesecar, U.S. Department of Education 
  • Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Superintendent, Richmond (VA) Public Schools
  • Gary Mabrey III, CAE, President & CEO, Johnson City, (TN) Chamber of Commerce
  • Natalie Elder, Principal, Hardy Elementary School, Chattanooga, TN
  • Martha Reichrath, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education
  • Eduardo Angulo, Chairman, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality


Thursday, January 31, 2008
9:30 am – 12 noon

Russell Senate Office Building Room 325
Corner of Delaware & Constitution Aves., NE
Washington, DC 20510

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NCLB on the Road

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings tours US, highlighting NCLB successes

  •  In San Diego, CA, Secretary Spellings and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Otay Elementary School where they toured classrooms and hosted a roundtable with educators to discuss how No Child Left Behind holds schools accountable and helps raise student achievement. Secretary Spellings congratulated Otay Elementary School for their progress under the landmark education law and encouraged California to continue to press for improvement in student achievement to prepare students for success in today's global knowledge economy. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune >> 
  • Read about Secretary Spellings' visit to Olympia, Washington in Education Week  and The Olympian >>

Latest News 

Forbes special section: Educating our children
A special section on education in Forbes included commentary on education issues penned by Craig Barrett, Bill Gates, Rep. Howard McKeon, Rep. George Miller, Secretary Spellings and many other prominent educators and leaders who examine the issues and proffer solutions for U.S. education.
Read more in Forbes >> 

No Child Left Behind faces a test of its own
The Administration and Secretary Spellings continue to work towards reauthorizing the law that has helped to improve student achievement in U.S. public schools.
Read more in the Detroit Free Press >> 

The candidates: who's going to crusade for education?
The Dallas Morning News surveys the presidential candidates’ education platforms and highlights the need for the next President to continue to push the education agenda that President Bush has supported during his tenure.
Read more in the Dallas Morning News >>

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