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NCC joins 100 groups wanting changes in NCLB
New York, January 3, 2007 – The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) and 20 faith organizations are part of 100 national civil rights, education, and disability advocacy groups calling for major changes in the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) law.
With the fifth anniversary of the legislation drawing near (Jan. 8), the concerned groups have released a "Joint Organizational Statement" that urges "the law’s emphasis needs to shift from applying sanctions for failing to raise test scores to holding states and localities accountable for making the systemic changes that improve student achievement."
The number of organizations signing the statement has nearly quadrupled since it was launched in late 2004. The NCLB is up for reauthorization during the term of Congress that begins tomorrow.
"Demonstrating broad concern across America's demographic groups and throughout many sectors of American life, the 100 signing organizations share by consensus a belief that NCLB is fraying our social fabric by undermining an institution we all value; public schools are, after all, where we shape the future of 90 percent of American children," said Jan Resseger, chair of the NCC public education and literacy committee. "Signing organizations are especially concerned that the schools being most severely punished by NCLB's sanctions are the schools serving our nation's poorest children," said Resseger, who is also the Minister for Public Education and Witness in the United Church of Christ.
In addition to the NCC, the religious
organizations signing on to the statement are:
The Joint Statement outlines 14 recommended
changes to NCLB including:
The "Joint Organizational Statement" and a current
list of its signers are online at the new Forum for Educational
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