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Testimony Before The No Child Left Behind Commission On NCLB Reauthorization, September 25, 2006.

For too many communities, the school improvement process has felt like\r\nan exercise in labeling and public humiliation, without accompanying\r\nhelp or support. And while it is not wrong to expect school districts\r\nand states to take responsibility for helping in their struggling\r\nschools, there has not been adequate energy or resources dedicated to\r\nbuilding capacity in this area. States, districts and schools\r\ndesperately need more federal help -- in the form of solid, widely\r\ndisseminated research and financial support -- about what it takes to\r\nturn around chronically low-performing schools, as well as what it\r\ntakes to boost the academic achievement of students who enter school\r\nbehind or fall behind over the course of their academic career.\r\nEspecially high priority should be devoted to answering fundamental\r\nquestions about best practice for teaching Limited English Proficient\r\nstudents.

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