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Alliance President Bob Wise on the Seventh Anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act

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“It is past time for good aspirations and detailed data to move to action that truly addresses the needs of the nation’s middle and high school students.”

In his statement on the seventh anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, said that the nation can celebrate NCLB for setting a national goal of higher education standards for all students and spotlighting problem areas, but stressed that the full potential of the law has yet to be realized.

“It is past time for good aspirations and detailed data to move to action that truly addresses the needs of the nation’s middle and high school students,” Wise said. “In the two years since the law was due to be reauthorized, nearly 2.5 million students have dropped out of high school; over the course of their lifetimes, these dropouts will cost the economy more than $635 billion in lost wages.

Wise also encouraged President-elect Barack Obama to make the reauthorization of NCLB a priority in his administration. “I can think of no better way for President-elect Barack Obama, who understands that economic recovery will not be successful without education reform, to cement his commitment to an improved education for all Americans than to make this reauthorization a priority,” Wise said. “Important changes to this federal lever will help ensure that desperately needed middle and high school reform really happens around the country. For all the seven-year-olds in the United States, enacting truly comprehensive legislation that focuses real commitment and resources on greatly increasing our nation’s high school graduation rate will provide the birthday present that lasts all their lives.”

Wise’s complete statement is available at https://all4ed.org/press/statement-from-bob-wise-president-of-the-alliance-for-excellent-education-on-seventh-anniversary-of-no-child-left-behind/.

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