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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. Seventh in the series of voices from the field, this week’s quote highlights how investing in education is an investment in our nation’s future.

Gary Mabrey III
President & CEO, Johnson City, (TN) Chamber of Commerce

“Education is economic development. While all politics are local, business is global and the real stakeholders of the future are our children. We hope that our students tomorrow can be as competitive as they are today. Our future is our competitive advantage.”

Latest News

  • Aiming to Coach Students to Excellence in Exams
    As public schools everywhere gear up for the annual state assessments, few others have as much to prove — or as much at stake. Newton Street School, with 500 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, is one of only 4 schools in this city — and among 38 schools in New Jersey, 57 in New York and 6 in Connecticut — that have missed testing benchmarks for seven consecutive years and now risk being shut down or overhauled if there is no sign of improvement. Under growing pressure, Newton’s administrators have sought to rebuild the academic programs with help from Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services and the powerful Newark Teachers Union.
    Read more in the New York Times >>

  • State breakdown of No Child Left Behind goals
    The Associated Press provides an update on how states are approaching NCLB goals to have all children reading and doing math on grade level by 2013-14.
    Read more in the International Herald Tribune >>

  • No Child Left Behind Lacks Bite
    Discussion of NCLB is likely to intensify in an election year that could determine the fate of the law, one of the Bush administration's signature domestic initiatives. A full-scale reauthorization debate appears increasingly unlikely before the November election…. For its part, the administration has proposed new rules that could go into effect later this year that would stiffen regulation of NCLB. Among other things, the education department says interventions must address the specific reasons why a school has been tagged with restructuring status.
    Read more in the Wall Street Journal >>


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