4 ways you can help Congress get ESEA (NCLB) reauthorization right


Right now, Congress is rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Under ESEA, the focus has shifted from student learning towards testing, labeling, and punishing schools – with no significant closure of opportunity gaps.

That’s why we need your help right now.

Below are four quick and easy ways you can make your voice heard and help ensure that the reauthorization of ESEA includes time to learn and creates opportunity for all students, regardless of zip code.

Email your members of Congress

Send an email to your elected officials telling them what you want to see in the reauthorization of ESEA.

Send a tweet that targets your Senators and Representative

Use our brand new tool to send a tweet to your Senators and Representative in the US Congress using the hashtags #opportunityforall and #timetolearn. You don’t even need to know your elected officials’ twitter handles. Simply tell us your zip code and we’ll provide you with one-click links to send out your tweets.

Share your story on the over-use of standardized testing

How have you seen high-stakes standardized tests affect your students or your own children? What can local, state and national policy makers do to help? Stories directly from the mouths of parents, students and educators are one of most effective ways for us to make our case to Congress.

Sign the ESEA petition

Join the thousands of educators, students and parents who have already signed the petition to tell Congress ESEA reauthorization must include time to learn and opportunity for all students.

Reader Comments

  1. As a former 6th grade teacher, I’m offended by one of the speakers in your ad on television. The teacher says “Each student can get the attention they need.” As a grammarian, each cannot go with they. The correct statement should either be “Each student can get the attention he or she needs” or “Students can get the attention they need.” I’m surprised the NEA put out this ad with a glaring error that should offend educated teachers and members of the community. I’m disappointed and will not support the effort unless I see a change in the ad. You can simply cut her out if you don’t want to redo her statement.

  2. As a retired teacher, counselor, principal, I must say we need testing; the problem is developing the proper tests, and then using the information for both student and teacher to assess and guide future teaching. The major problem with current federal and state policies is the blind requirement that assumes all students have similar aptitudes; we must return to accepting the need for vocational training, and that 30 percent of the students cannot learn and do not need high math for the job market.

  3. I work the In-School Suspension at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia, Mo.
    No child left behind is a law that shouldn’t of been past. Children learn at different levels. For them to even put every child on the same level is a big mistake. Children are being cheated out of learning.
    Give teachers back their classrooms! Let them teach the children that they can learn and be success.
    Isn’t there enough dropouts?
    Representatives need to shift the focus back on learning and opportunity.

  4. I am a SpEd teacher for the severe/profound these students don’t need testing. They need functional skills and sensory time. They need teachers getting down on the floor with them entering their world so the teachers can lead them into the living world. It doesn’t happen through testing! Or punishing teachers or schools. It happens through hard work and dedication. I plote you to remember this when you create the education policies.

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