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Gov. Bob Wise Comments on New Legislation to Rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act

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Gov. Bob Wise Comments on New Legislation to Rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act

“Under the No Child Left Behind Act, high schools are an afterthought. Under Chairman Harkin’s bill, they take center stage,” said Gov. Wise.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replace the No Child Left Behind Act. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:

“Under the No Child Left Behind Act, high schools are an afterthought. Under Chairman Harkin’s bill, they take center stage.

“Historically, federal policy has done little to improve the nation’s high schools. Senator Harkin’s Strengthening America’s Schools Act (SASA) would fix No Child Left Behind by focusing greater attention on the nation’s lowest-performing high schools, including the more than 1,400 high schools with graduation rates below 60 percent. It would also make Title I, the federal government’s largest K–12 funding stream, more accessible to high schools. Currently, only 10 percent of high schools receive Title I funding, though they educate nearly one-quarter of the nation’s low-income students.

“SASA would help ensure that today’s students can compete for tomorrow’s jobs by ensuring that students graduate from high school with the ‘deeper learning’ skills sought by employers, including deep content knowledge and the ability to use knowledge to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others.

“SASA also includes the Pathways to College Program, which makes learning relevant and helps students graduate from high school ready for college and a career through innovative and effective secondary school strategies, such as Linked Learning—an approach in California that transforms the high school experience for students by connecting strong academics, personalized student supports, demanding technical education, and work-based learning experiences to prepare students for the demands of the twenty-first century.”

More information on the Strengthening America’s Schools Act is available at here.

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 The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal education policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. www.all4ed.comFollow the Alliance on Twitter (www.twitter.com/all4ed);
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