"Have the President and Congressional Republicans Kept Their Promise to Support the No Child Left Behind Act?"

Friday, July 18, 2003
10:00 a.m.
340 Canon House Office Building

"In the Senate, we will soon act on the education funding bill, based on an overall budget crafted solely by Republicans. Shamefully, it contains a litany of broken promises on education... Few things are more callous than knowingly, willingly, and deliberately breaking a promise to a child."
    - Senator Edward Kennedy

"Both the President and the Republican leadership have failed to live up to the funding end of the NCLB bargain. Their rhetorical commitment to adequate funding has become as phony as the 'little red school house' constructed down the street at the entrances of the Department of Education"
    - Congressman George Miller

"Unless the federal government provides more support -- and meets its promise to fully fund necessary interventions to lift students up -- this potential milestone will become a millstone for states and for young people. It will be a heavy burden that will impede -- rather than accelerate -- progress."
    - Wendy Puriefoy, Public Education Network

"In order to successfully implement NCLB, more federal funding is needed... [R]eal resources are needed to accomplish this mission."
    - John Porter, Principal, T.C. Williams High School

"The support for accountability and reform is strong. The combination of increased funding and strong accountability standards in NCLB hold the potential for a promising future."
    - Kristin Kafer, The Heritage Foundation

Hearing Transcript

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Opening Statements

Senator Byron L. Dorgan
Chairman, DPC

Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr.
Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Panel One

Senator Edward Kennedy
Ranking Member, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Congressman George Miller
Senior Democrat, House Education and Workforce Committee

Panel Two

Wendy Puriefoy, President, Public Education Network

Krista Kafer, Senior Education Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation

John Porter, Principal, T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA

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