NDSC and 38 organizations sent a letter to John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, opposing attempts to rewrite sections of the law known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The draft bill, called the Student Success Act, removes accountability provisions that calls for meaningful academic achievement for students with disabilities. NDSC also opposed a Senate bill last fall authored by Senators Harkin and Enzi for similar reasons.
The letter reads, in part:
This draft bill also would allow federal dollars to flow but require virtually nothing in return. This is bad for students and bad for taxpayers. Federal funding must be attached to firm, ambitious, and unequivocal demands for higher achievement, improved high school graduation rates, and progress in closing both achievement and opportunity gaps. Any reauthorization of ESEA must, at minimum, require states to set clear goals and provide instructional support so that all students receive an education that prepares them for success in college and careers.