Bipartisan No Child Left Behind Rewrite Clears Senate Education Committee

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. listens to testimony in January during a Senate education committee hearing on No Child Left Behind. The committee on Thursday unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to update the education law.

Clearing its first big hurdle, a bipartisan bill to overhaul the long-outdated No Child Left Behind Act is on its way to the Senate floor, after education committee members unanimously approved it following three days of debate and adjustments.

The Senate bill – dubbed the Every Child Achieves Act – was introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the committee’s chairman, and ranking minority member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., weeks after the two announced they would work together to craft a measure to update the law, formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill strikes a balance between dueling priorities across the aisle by scaling back federal oversight and giving states much more fl……………. continues on U.S. News & World Report

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The research is clear: parent and family involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and student achievement. According to the Parent Teacher Association, research shows that when families are involved, students have higher grades and graduation rates, better school attendance, and increased motivation and self-esteem. Family participation is twice as predictive of academic success as family socioeconomic status. When families and schools work together the result is improved schools, stronger families and increased student achievement.

Strong family and school partnerships require constructive, two-way communication, as well as a cohesive framework that conveys clear expectations. When families participate in school activities, they gain a clear understanding of what is expected of their child at school. Likewise, when families and teachers engage in open dialogue, it generates continuity between the two dominant spheres of influence in a child’s life, home and school. Perhaps even more importantly, family involvement in schools communicates to children the value of education.

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