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Ohanian Comment: The U. S. taxpayer is already shelling out money for the No Child Left Behind website. One kind of wonders why another one is needed. Notice buried in this press release is the information that "information" on this website will be released by Republican members of the committee.



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September 14, 2004
(202) 225-4527

New Website to Counter NEA-MoveOn.org Fiction with Facts about No Child Left Behind Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner (R-OH) today unveiled a new website that will help parents, teachers, school administrators, Members of Congress and other education reform supporters counter an anticipated special-interest assault this fall on President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reforms. The address for the new NCLB webpage is http://edworkforce.house.gov/nclb.htm.

Despite growing evidence that the No Child Left Behind law is working, a collection of radical liberal political organizations - including MoveOn.org (which posted ads on its website comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler) and the NEA - is pouring massive resources into an anti-NCLB smear campaign aimed at lowering education standards and opposing "pay for performance" initiatives that would reward good teachers while identifying poor ones.

"This new website will counter the smear campaign being mounted against No Child Left Behind by these radical left-wing political organizations, whose real agenda is to lower education standards and fight efforts to pay teachers based on their performance," said Boehner. "The American public supports No Child Left Behind's education reforms, and this website is one more tool parents and teachers can use to get the truth they won't hear from these radical political groups."

Highlights of the new website include:

State-by-State Implementation Guide - The new website includes a 50-state map with information on the progress being made in implementing NCLB in each state. Website users can click on any state to find a link to a U.S. Department of Education fact sheet providing some of the latest news about progress being made in boosting student achievement in each state.

No Child Left Behind Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - The website features a detailed guide created by the House Education and the Workforce Committee majority staff answering "frequently asked questions" about the law.

Parents' Rights Guide - Low-income parents and students across the nation have new hope and new educational choices as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, which provides extra help to both struggling schools and the students attending those schools. The committee's new website helps parents understand their right to receive free private tutoring for their children and/or the right to send their children to a better, safer public school or charter school.

News and Resources - The new website provides the most up-to-date news and resources released by committee Republicans. This section includes press statements, editorials and articles, fact sheets and Dear Colleague letters.

State-by-State Federal Funding Information - States are receiving record levels of federal education funding as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act. The state-by-state federal funding guide shows how much money individual states are receiving overall, specifically for NCLB and for other federal education programs.

— Committee on Education and the Workforce, U. S. House of Representatives



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