See the letter below from Rep. George Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, requesting comments from stakeholders for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Please write letters to the House Education and Labor Committee with your suggestions and input on strengthening languages and international education in the reauthorization of ESEA. Don’t hesitate to “think big”! What should be the role of languages in elementary and secondary education? Please send JNCL-NCLS copies of the letters so that they can focus their advocacy efforts on trying to create legislation and policies that address the needs of the language profession, students, and our nation.
UNITED STATES CONGRESS
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Melissa Salmanowitz (Miller) 202.226.0853 Alexa Marrero (Kline) 202.225.4527 Erin Donar (Kildee) 202.225.3611 Kate Dickens (Castle) 202.225.4165
Lawmakers Announce Plan for a Bipartisan Overhaul of Education Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Education and Labor Committee today made an announcement about their plans for a bipartisan reform of the nation’s primary federal education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – currently known as No Child Left Behind. U.S. Reps. George Miller (D- CA), the chairman of the committee, John Kline (R-MN), the senior Republican of the committee, Dale E. Kildee (D-MI), the chairman of the subcommittee on elementary and secondary education, and Michael N. Castle (R-DE), the senior Republican of that subcommittee, issued the following joint statement:
“Today, we’re announcing a bipartisan, open and transparent effort to rewrite No Child Left Behind – a law that we all agree is in need of major reform. It will start with a series of hearings in the coming weeks to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead as we work to ensure an excellent education is available to every student in America. With a real commitment to innovation, we invite all stakeholders who share our serious interest in building a world-class education system to email us their suggestions.”
The committee’s first hearing will focus on charter schools and will be held on February 24, 2010.
Beginning today, groups and stakeholders can send the committee their input and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments is March 26, 2010.