Relief From No Child Left Behind Expenditures

Resolution Number SAC09.58A

Relief From No Child Left Behind Expenditures

WHEREAS, over the past two years the California state budget cut education funding by more than 11 billion dollars and the federal stimulus money is only a temporary one-time solution to ease these budget cuts; and

WHEREAS, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has produced many unintended and unfavorable consequences for students, parents and educators across the country; and

WHEREAS, NCLB imposes requirements on school districts and demands actions from those districts while providing inadequate funding for those mandates, and there has been little public focus on the fact that the cost to implement programs designed to meet NCLB compliance standards would take thousands of dollars per student more than currently funded;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that in these financially difficult times, with our public schools in dreadful financial straits, the California Democratic Party recognizes that it is unconscionable to require our schools to continue funding NCLB compliance activities, and that any reauthorization of NCLB should require Congress to listen to the voice of educators in developing legislative proposals, and that for this reason, the California Democratic Party proposes that public school educators be given the opportunity to provide meaningful input to NCLB reauthorization including advocating for adequate resources so as to not encroach on local school funding; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls upon the California Democratic Delegation to the United States Senate and House of Representatives to insist that passage of education policies at the federal level be fully funded.

Submitted by Tom Olson, President, Northern Solano Democratic Club

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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