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While speaking at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, President Barack Obama laid out key changes to No Child Left Behind.

“I want every child in this country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is America’s priority,” Obama told the crowd. “Let’s seize this education moment. Let’s fix No Child Left Behind.”

Some of the items include:

  • A fair accountability system that shares responsibility for improvement and rewards excellence, and that is based on high standards and is informed by sophisticated assessments that measure individual student growth;
  • A flexible system that empowers principals and teachers, and supports reform and innovation at the state and local level; and
  • A system focused on the schools and the students most at risk — that targets resources to persistently low-performing schools and ensures the most effective teachers serve students most in need.

According to the Department of Education, NCLB’s broken accountability system means that the overwhelming majority of schools will not meet NCLB’s goals and the students most at risk won’t get the help they need. 

During his speech, the President praised current efforts by Congressional leaders to replace NCLB and urged Congress to make these vital reforms before the next school year begins. 

Sources: Department of Education, Whitehouse.gov

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In a video message, Secretary Arne Duncan discusses how the department is committed to fixing No Child Left Behind and doing it in a bipartisan way. Duncan also talks about recruiting “the next generation of great talent” into the teaching profession and the TEACH.gov website.

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Are educators against Obama’s school plan? The answer is yes according to a New York Times article.

In California for instance, lawmakers, teacher unions and educators have clashed so much over the changes to the Race to the Top program in the past few months that state officials doubt they have a chance of receiving the much needed money from Washington.  At the center of the debate is Carlos Garcia, the superintendent for San Francisco schools. He believes that the standards are too stringent and the plan is nothing more than a “strong-armed approach” to the Bush administration’s NCLB.  Read more.

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Author and education historian Diane Ravitch, who once supported the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, recently spoke with the Economic Policy Institute about why she now believes the policy poses a threat to public education. In the Summer 2010, State of the School Market, edition of Essentials, NSSEA talks to Ravitch about her new book, NCLB and Obama’s education plan.

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In a meeting last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hinted that the Department of Education is ready to begin reauthorization efforts for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Duncan—who voiced his priorities to 200 representatives from education associations, think tanks, and community groups—reassured them that the administration would be considerate of their concerns during the reauthorization process.

He wants the new version of the law to include language that will expand learning time in classrooms, devise an accountability system that measures student progress and use data to guide instruction and teacher evaluation. Duncan also wants to supply under-performing schools with effective teachers and principals.

To further launch the reauthorization efforts, two of Duncan’s top deputies—Thelma Melendez, who is the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, and Carmel Martin, who is the department’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development—will hold a series of meetings focused on the reauthorization of ESEA.

For more information about the stakeholder meetings and the reauthorization of ESEA, visit: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/09/09242009.html.

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The words “No Child Left Behind” seems to have a negative connotation these days or at least that’s what some people are saying.  Near the U.S. Department of Education stands a red school house structure imprinted with the words No Child Left Behind right above its’ doors.

For the past seven years, this little school house stood as a key symbol for education reform in the Bush administration. Not surprisingly, the school house was ripped down and taken apart this past Saturday in efforts to show that the Obama administration is serious about changing education reform.

They have even taken it one step further by taking down logos on the Education Department elevators. What will replace these No Child Left Behind signs?  The plan is to create an exhibit–displaying photos of  pre-school to college-aged students playing basketball, reading, and participating in science class.  All of the photos will be easily visible to the entire  public from the Department of Education’s 44 ground floor windows.

Many are now referring to NCLB by its’ original name, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In this new day of education reform, it is clear that the Obama Administration wants to make a lasting impression on the way the world views education reform.

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June 10-12 marked the completion of the Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) 2009 Publishing in the World of Free Summit. AEP had their annual Education Summit and NSSEA partnered up with AEP to host their Capitol Hill Event: Competing Globally: Beyond Stale Debates to Learning Solutions. The event was held in the Gold Room in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Guest panelists included staff from the House of Representatives and the Senate. Attendees and guest speakers had plenty to say regarding President Obama’s reform ideas for education. One of the hot topics at this year’s Capitol Hill event was the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) re-authorization. The three-day summit included seminars that discussed a wide range of Educational publishing issues.

Some sessions focused on technology in Educational Publishing for example; 75 Ways to Use Social Networking Sites in Education Publishing was a popular session in which participants learned how to utilize social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and etc. to increase business in the educational publishing industry.  Studies show that there has been a 27% increase of social media  site users from February 2005 to December 2008. Like it or not, social media is the future of marketing.

The guest speakers at this seminar included: Doug Kolmar from Beginner’s Mind, Andrew Pass from Pass-Ed and Lisa Schmucki from edWeb LLC . The presenters voiced that social media improves performance by enhancing knowledge, authenticity, and relevance to your product.  They also mentioned that 47% of teachers are likely to use social media sites within the next year.   Social media sites like Facebook can help those in the industry because they increase product sales, retention rates and can possibly close the gap between educators and industry partners. The presenters also suggested that companies and organizations who jump on board now, will have the clear advantage over their competitors.

Another popular session was The Economic Forecast for the Education Market. Chief Economist from the National Education Association (NEA), Dr. Richard Sims led the Q & A session; discussing the fiscal challenges confronting a 21st century economy for example; balancing taxes, school funding, and economic growth.  Dr. Sims made it clear that the ability to be able to pay for educational materials is going to be difficult in the years to come. He also pointed out that an economy can not grow unless it has a good education system and an education system needs a working and thriving economy.  The two work hand in hand. Education is the driver of any economy. Nations and states that have the best schools and those that spend the most money on education, will have the best economy.

For information about next year’s AEP 2010 Summit please visit http://www.aepweb.org/.

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