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New Report Calls for Broad Support of NCLB's Efforts to Strengthen Teacher Quality

According to a recent white paper released by The Renaissance Group, a consortium of 35 universities that share a commitment to preparing educational professionals, No Child Left Behind "warrants broader support among universities for its push to strengthen teacher quality."

According to the press release announcing the release of the report, "Renaissance Group members support much of what is found in federal legislation calling for reform and look forward with optimism toward continued improvements, not with pessimism or reluctance."

Also noted by the study is that "Partnerships between teacher preparation programs and local school districts should be strengthened and programs altered based on feedback at the local level. [No Child Left Behind] allows greater funding flexibility at the local level and channels a greater percentage of federal money directly to school districts."

As part of No Child Left Behind's requirement to place a highly qualified teacher in every public school classroom by the end of the 2005-2006 school year, President Bush and Congress provided more than $4.4 billion in FY 2004 for programs and initiatives dedicated to improving teacher quality. President Bush's proposed budget for FY 2005 includes more than $5.1 billion to support teachers through training, recruitment, incentives, loan forgiveness, and tax relief for educators.

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