THE U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, Business Roundtable and the Education Trust disagree about many things. That makes all the more significant their common accord that the country can’t afford to retreat from policies that aim to give every child — regardless of race, ability or family income — access to a quality education. We hope it’s a message that Congress doesn’t lose sight of as it undertakes a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind act.
“We come together at this critical moment . . . because of our common conviction that America cannot afford to keep squandering the potential of so many of her children,” read a letter sent from the coalition of business, education and civil rights leaders to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The group, reminiscent of the alliance that helped enact No Child Left Behind under President George W. Bush, underlined the need to retain the testing, reporting and accountability measures that lie at the heart of the 2002 law and that — despite their success in lifting the achievement of minority and low-income children — are under attack.
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