Reform NCLB, now!
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Reform NCLB, now!

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      Class Size Matters

The US Congress is considering how to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most important federal law that governs our public schools.  NCLB has been extremely damaging in the eyes of most parents, and needs fundamental reform.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration plans to make it worse in many respects. 

Parents Across America has developed our own blueprint, based upon less testing and privatization, more parent input, and a greater emphasis on evidenced-based reforms that have been proven to work to improve schools, such as class size reduction.  Our complete blueprint was featured on the Washington Post Answer Sheet, and is posted on our PAA website as a pdf here.

Please sign our petition in support of our proposals, and send a message to the President and the US Congress now!

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    • Penelope Taylor SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Our students need a class day rich in arts, sciences, and hands-on experiences. Why should testing companies be making millions with our precious tax dollars?

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    • Cheyne Cumming DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      I just retired after 25 years as an educator in Portland,OR. I could no longer in good conscience continue to waste the intellectual lives of children with useless weeks spent testing and retesting, not educating future citizens. It is time to stand up and end this tragedy.

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    • J P PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      I am not only the parent of a 7th grader, but also a teacher in the public schools with over 30 years experience in education. What has been happening in the schools since NCLB has been terrible for children, and terrible for my profession. I wholeheartedly support the blueprint for education proposed by Parents Across America.

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    • Susanne Griffin FAIRVIEW, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      I have lost faith in the American school system. I moved here from a different country and we worked hard to learn English. Now we go to assemblies and which are conducted in multiple languages and ditto for communications - phone messages & papers. We need to work together to teach non-English speaking families and kids to speak English not discourage or give them an easy way out.

      I am afraid of my child going to middle school due to size of the school (over 1000 kids), reported bullying and the school is a former high school and run down. I am single mom, pay property taxes on a house (upside down mortage). Does not seem like we are all contributing equally as far as funding out kids education which is the foundation of this country.

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    • Joan Shapiro AUSTIN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      I am asking you to rethink NCLB as the means to evaluate students and teachers. I have a grandson who goes to 3rd grade in Texas and he hates school for the first time this year. All the staff complains about having to teach to the test and the importance of testing to acquire funding. My grandson had his love of learning snuffed out this year because of it.

      With every passing year, and no policy changes but only focusing on results of tests to guide us is another year my grandson and many like him learn not to think for themselves or ask questions but just to memorize facts so they can pass the test.

      Education in this country is sorely lacking and we as parents and grandparents have no say in how our grandchildren or children are being taught.

      Please help put in the reforms that are needed to "teach" our children so they can actually have interest in what they are being taught before it's too late.

      Thank you.

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