Last week, Secretary of Education Rod Paige began a 25-city tour across America to foster support for the No Child Left Behind Act. Paige is seeking to educate and engage parents in the process of improving America’s schools. “For No Child Left Behind to work, we need the energy, enthusiasm and expectations of parents,” Paige told the crowd at a rally in Washington, DC.
According to Paige, parents should expect the following: 1) schools to be held accountable for resources and results; 2) schools and principals to be given the flexibility to use federal funds in order to solve local problems; 3) schools to use instruction based on solid research; and 4) all parents to have the option to get extra help for their children should a school fail to improve.
Paige unveiled a new Web site, designed by the US Department of Education, which he hopes will become a major source of information for parents, educators and government officials. The site has a comprehensive “Where to Go” section that lists federal, national, state and local organizations that provide useful information about education. The Web site also contains fact sheets on the major issue components of the act: measuring progress, investing what works in getting students help, and reading achievement.
The Web site contains a Parents’ Tool Box and features interactive CDs, guidebooks and downloadable brochures on subjects such as homework tips and reading tips for parents. The tool box also contains state-by-state information on the effects of No Child Left Behind along with statistics for local school districts.
The new law allows parents not only to become informed consumers but advocates for improving their school’s performance. The annual report cards, required by No Child Left Behind, will allow parents to see how their school is doing and compare it to schools across the state.
|Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation
Appearing with Rod Paige in Washington, DC, Washington Redskins All-Pro Cornerback Darrell Green continued to demonstrate his commitment to children. Green started the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation in 1988, which seeks to create opportunity for at-risk boys and girls through three principles: nurture the child, heal the family and rebuild the community. The Youth Life Foundation began with Fun Days in the Park to get children and families outside, safe and happy. The foundation then moved on to create Learning Centers, which offer physical activities, tutoring, mentorship and family nights. The Washington, DC Learning Center was so successful it has been the model for future centers around the country.
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