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Voices from the Field 

With the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) up for reauthorization, parents, educators, experts and concerned citizens are speaking up in support of No Child Left Behind. Over the next weeks, we’ll present voices from the field that have seen how NCLB has helped to improve student achievement at all levels.

Dr. Joan Fogg
Principal of West Newton Elementary School in Yough Pennsylvania

“We know what we have to do in the classroom by seeing the data. It forces you to be a little retrospective. Our teachers look at each student and adjust their teaching to the style that a particular student really needs in order to learn—NCLB has help differentiate their instruction.”

NCLB on the Road

SpellingsU.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings continues to tour the states, highlighting the education achievements of each. You can track her travels by clicking here.

  • West Virginia: Raising Content Standards of Assessments
    At a roundtable discussion of No Child Left Behind at the West Virginia State Capitol Building, Secretary Spellings commended West Virginia's efforts to raise content standards of assessments and discussed further improvements and innovations possible under No Child Left Behind. The roundtable was hosted by Secretary Spellings and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito with First Lady of West Virginia Gayle Manchin, West Virginia State Superintendent Steve Paine and included West Virginia policymakers, educators, teachers, parents and business leaders. Read more >>
  • North Carolina: Furthering Academic Gains under NCLB
    Secretary Spellings addressed the North Carolina State Board of Education and participated in an education policy roundtable discussion in Raleigh, North Carolina. She discussed how the Federal government can support and facilitate further academic gains made by North Carolina students under No Child Left Behind. Read more in the News & Observer >>

Latest News

Virginia Left Behind: Opting out of No Child Left Behind would be a costly mistake
Legislation is progressing in the Virginia General Assembly that would pull the state out of the No Child Left Behind law's oversight. No matter that the law has helped boost student learning and narrow the achievement gap, that schools are more accountable, and that students who go to failing schools now have options.
Read more in the Washington Post >>

Report urges greater federal role in education
Local control of education has produced financial inequality in schools, inconsistent standards, no way of knowing how children are truly doing and an atmosphere dominated by unions, according to a new report yesterday that calls for national standards and a greater federal role in schools.
Read more in the Washington Times >>

First things first in school reform
No Child Left Behind is once again under attack for its focus on basic skills. We agree that students should read more history and great literature, but what if they can't read?
Read more in Investor’s Business Daily >>


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