A Letter from the U.S. Secretary of Education
April 6, 2004
Recently, we celebrated the second anniversary of the passage of the historic No Child Left Behind Act. In the last two years, our nation has made tremendous progress toward our common goal of offering educational excellence to every child.
Thank you, our nation's teachers, for your daily efforts to reach students in your classrooms. Great teachers are the key to unlocking the potential in every child and finally closing the staggering achievement gap. Regardless of circumstances, all children deserve an excellent education.
Here at the U.S. Department of Education, we recognize that the real hard work is in the classroom. To support state and local efforts, we have updated our No Child Left Behind: A Toolkit for Teachers to include more guidance on the law and how it supports teachers and schools. We have also included valuable information on special education, English language learners, scientifically based research, using data to inform instruction, and examples of interesting initiatives to improve teaching and learning. I hope you find it helpful.
In his fiscal year 2005 budget request, President Bush is seeking a record $5.1 billion in support of teachers through training, recruitment and retention incentives, loan forgiveness, tax relief, and more. No nation has ever before so wholly committed itself to the goal of educating every child. Working together—from the federal level to the state, from districts to schools, and finally to each and every classroom—I know we can achieve this goal.
Thank you again for your dedicated service to America's children.