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Dear Rep. -
Dear Sen. -

I am a constituent of yours and am writing to urge you to support the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.  In fact, I would like to see NCLB’s emphasis on accountability for improved student achievement strengthened as part of the reauthorization. 

I am watching this issue because it is important to me as a local [business owner/business executive/parent] here in [city, state].  My business is [     ] and we hire [   ].  As a businessman/woman, I must have employees who have been equipped by our schools with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in our current marketplaces.  I am concerned that not all our schools are up to the challenge of educating our students.

I want to quickly share with you my priorities for the NCLB reauthorization.  I believe the Act must -

  • promote increased academic rigor that supports improved student readiness for the knowledge and skills demands of college and the workplace;
  • emphasize science, technology, engineering and math instruction for our students;
  • enhance data-driven decision making so that we have reliable information on how to help students improve their achievement. 
  • increase teacher and principal effectiveness by encouraging quality and providing the  tools to become effective;
  • strengthen and refine accountability that does not back away from the expectation that all our students achieve on grade level by 2014; and
  • invest in schools whose students need additional assistance to improve their achievement and encourage innovative efforts such as charter schools.

I appreciate your support for my priorities.
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