Read the Ed Trust letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Science and Technology urging the committee to retain strong incentives for scholarship recipients to teach in high-needs schools.
Others on this panel will talk with you today about the pressing need to dramatically increase the effectiveness of America’s teaching force. I could not agree more. For the record, though, I want to emphasize that much more is at stake than simply meeting the goals and timelines of No Child Left Behind.
Mr. Chairman, Mr. McKeon, and Members of the Committee, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to testify before you this morning on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, in particular about the teacher quality provisions.
This Committee has shown great leadership not only in confronting the achievement gap in our public schools, but also in recognizing that improving the quality of teaching at high-poverty and high-minority schools is the most effective gap-closing strategy.
June 20, 2008 United States House of Representatives Washington DC, 20515 Re: Opposition to NCLB Recess Until Reauthorization Act
Fixing America’s struggling schools requires us to face their issues head-on and do the hard work to ensure that they have both the resources and know-how to boost student learning and close achievement gaps.
We agree with the President that there is no time to lose in enacting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Like you, we want to ensure that legislation is crafted to provide maximum benefit—both short- and long-term—in creating and preserving jobs while also laying a foundation for the serious improvements necessary to secure our nation’s economic future.
Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to testify before you today on the number one ingredient of high achievement: quality teachers. This Committee has already exhibited great leadership in the effort to improve teacher quality by including important new teacher-related provisions in the Higher Education Act of 1998 and, more recently, by including expansive teacher-related provisions in No Child Left Behind. These were very important first steps.
My purpose here this afternoon is to remind you why this subject should remain high on your agenda as you reauthorize the Higher Education Act and to suggest some ways in which you might build on the momentum you created in the earlier laws.
On Nov 6, The Education Trust, with Democrats for Education Reform and the Education Equality Project, submitted comments to the Department of Education on its proposal for improving the Civil Rights Data Collection survey for school year 2009-10.