Legislation First in Senate to Target Resources to Improving Middle Schools
Nine major organizations focused on education reform announced their support for the Success in the Middle Act (S.2227), introduced in the U.S. Senate this week by Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and co-sponsored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).
ACT, Academy for Educational Development, Alliance for Excellent Education, College Board, International Reading Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and National Middle School Association jointly stated:
“Sen. Obama and Sen. Reed are to be commended for focusing attention on the middle years of schooling with their introduction of the Success in the Middle Act. This legislation would provide $1 billion a year in grants to states to improve schools with low-performing middle grades. The funds would be used to help close the achievement gap, identify students who need extra help and get the supports they need to them, and keep all students on the road to a diploma. The bill would make another $100 million available for much-needed research to support the success of middle school students.
“Education is a continuum; just as high school must prepare students for college, middle school must prepare students for high school. Seventy percent of American eighth grade students are reading below grade level, which means they are entering high school without basic skills for learning and success. The legislation Sen. Obama and Sen. Reed introduced, which is similar to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year by Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and eleven co-sponsors, addresses this critical gap. We urge Congress to pass the Success in the Middle Act, so that students in every grade receive the support they need to advance and succeed.”
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