NCLD Coalition Work—Business Sector Joins Us in Working to Reauthorize ESEA/NCLB

Written by Lindsay Jones, Public Policy and Advocacy Director | 5 years ago

As Congress moves to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), NCLD has taken every opportunity to advocate for the interests of students with learning and attention issues and their families. Last week, we shared how NCLD is working with two coalitions—civil rights groups and disability advocates.

This week, NCLD has expanded its coalition work to include several organizations from the business sector, including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We’re excited to work with these respected organizations because they share important parts of NCLD’s vision for students. We have developed a set of shared principles that must be included in any authorization of ESEA/NCLB. Together, we are calling for schools, districts and states to focus on helping all students graduate from high school ready for college and career.

“Only a few decades ago, students with disabilities were excluded from school or relegated to separate classrooms, isolated from all other students. Today the majority of students with disabilities spend most of their day learning alongside their classmates without disabilities, a key factor in increasing academic achievement of our students. Inclusion drives opportunity for our students.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is proud to join other civil rights organizations that share our vision for building an inclusive education system that provides opportunity for all students.  The ESEA Core Principles ensure that states and schools will focus on the most critical issues facing students with disabilities: closing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates.” 
—James H. Wendorf, Executive Director of NCLD

Our next step is to reach out to state Governors and to Congress and share our letter. It’s important that policymakers know that the business sector, disability advocates and civil rights groups stand united on what’s best for students.

We will keep you informed through our advocacy email list about ways that you can support our efforts and reach your members of Congress.