Monday, March 15, 2010
Letter from Senator Finegold in support of the whole child to include school counseling i.e. school social work services:
We thought you’d be interested in this letter U.S. Senator Russ Feingold sent to the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee outlining his priorities for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In his letter, Feingold is urging the HELP Committee to:
> Reform NCLB’s high-stakes testing mandate to ensure multiple measures are used to assess the growth and improvement of students and that schools receive credit for continued academic growth of their students in federal accountability systems.
> Provide more federal resources to states to help develop higher and better quality assessments that better measure critical thinking skills and other complex academic skills.
> Better prepare high school students for postsecondary education and the workforce by including high school reform proposals like his E4 Connecting Education and Emerging Professionals Act in the reauthorized ESEA.
> Encourage more teacher participation in federal policymaking through inclusion of his Teachers at the Table Act, which would create a volunteer advisory committee of high-achieving teachers to provide feedback to Congress about the impact ESEA is having in the classroom.
> Improve academic service learning opportunities for students.
Address the needs of the whole child including nutrition and school counseling.