Dec 8 Town Hall Forum on No Child Left Behind

A town hall on “No child left behind” will be Thursday Dec 8 from 3-4:30
at the Rochester International Events Center.

Information from Post Bulletin:

A town-hall meeting featuring Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius will be held Thursday afternoon in Rochester to talk about Minnesota’s effort to seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind.

The event at the Rochester International Event Center is being held to talk about the state’s efforts to seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind, a federal law passed under George W. Bush that mandates that all students attain math and English proficiency by 2014.

Minnesota is seeking relief from some of the more punitive aspects of the law.

The town-hall meeting was set up at the request of Casselius, who is traveling the state seeking public comment about the waiver, said Rochester district spokeswoman Jennifer Pozanc. Casselius chose Rochester as the site to hear from people from southeastern Minnesota. The meeting is open to parents, teachers and community members.

“We believe it takes far more than a single test to evaluate how well our students and schools are doing,” said Casselius. “What matters more is how students are growing and learning, not just over the course of the school year, but over the course of their academic career.”

Cassellius is spearheading a 7-point “Better Schools for a Better Minnesota”
plan aimed at closing the achievement gap and using innovative strategies to improve results.

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