Monday, October 17, 2011

Make Sure Every Student Has a Fully Prepared Teacher on Day 1!

from Susan Goodman, NDSC Governmental Affairs Newsline:

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to mark-up a bill to reauthorize ESEA (formerly known as No Child Left Behind). At the markup, critical amendments will be offered by Senators that will have a powerful impact to meaningful high quality instruction and to prepared and effective teachers.

Your Senators Need to Hear From You Today!

Please take 5 minutes to contact your U.S. Senators and members of the Senate HELP Committee concerning the following amendments:

1. ASK YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE NO on Isakson Amendment because students with disabilities deserve access to the same education as other students!  The Isakson amendment would remove the limits on how many students with disabilities can be counted as making adequate results or sufficient progress using less challenging systems of standards and assessments.
  • This amendment would allow schools to take millions of students with disabilities off track for a regular high school diploma as early as 3rd grade when assessment decisions are made in schools, relegating them to lower career and college expectations - simply because they receive special education services.

2. ASK YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT) REGARDING THE DEFINITION OF A HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER
  • These amendments will call for an end to the practice of congregating the least prepared teachers in the highest need schools by strengthening the definition of a highly qualified teacher.

3. ASK YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE OFFERED BY SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO), TO ADD S. 1250 TO ESEA.
  • S. 1250 would water down requirements for teacher preparation programs by creating separate and lower standards for preparation programs that prepare teachers for the neediest students. Oppose this amendment to end the practice of placing the least qualified teachers in the highest-need schools.

Adapted From Action Alert, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Senators on the HELP Committee:

Tom Harkin (IA)(COMMITTEE CHAIR): (202) 224-3254 (DC) (515) 284-4574 (Des Moines); web site contact site: http://harkin.senate.gov/contact_opinion.cfm

Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA):(866) 802-2833 (DC); (215) 405-9660 (Philadelphia); http://casey.senate.gov/contact/

Jeff Merkley (OR): (202) 224-3753; (503) 326-3386; http://merkley.senate.gov/contact/

Al Franken (MN): (202) 224-5641; (651) 221-1016; http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al

Barbara Mikulski (MD): (202) 224-4654; (410) 962- 4510; http://mikulski.senate.gov/contact/shareyouropinion.cfm

Sheldon Whitehouse (RI): (202) 224- 2921; (401) 453-5294

Jeff Bingaman (NM): (202) 224-5521 (DC); (505) 346-6601 (NM); senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Patty Murray (WA): Phone: (202) 224-2621 (DC); (866) 481-9186 (Seattle); http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Kay Hagan (NC): 202-224-6342; 919-856-4630; http://hagan.senate.gov/?p=contact

Richard Blumenthal (CT): 202-224-2823; 860-258-6940 http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/

Michael B. Enzi (WY) (RANKING REPUBLICAN): (888) 250-1879; (307) 739-9507; http://enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-senator-enzi

Mark Kirk (IL): 202-224-2854; 312-886-3506; http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=comment_on_legislation

Orrin Hatch (UT): (202) 224-5251; (801) 524-4380; http://hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-orrin

John McCain (AZ): (202) 224-2235; (602) 952-2410; http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Pat Roberts (KS): (202) 224-4774; (785) 295-2745; http://roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailPat

Lisa Murkowski (AK): (202) 224-6665; (907) 271- 3735; http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa


Johnny Isakson (GA): (202) 224-3643; http://isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm

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