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*********************************** SJM101..............................................by SCHROEDER AND PEARCE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT - A Joint Memorial demanding that states without a city of one million or more in population be exempt from the No Child Left Behind Act. 01/21 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 01/24 Rpt prt - to 10th Ord 01/25 Ref'd to Educ
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE SENATE SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 101 BY SCHROEDER AND PEARCE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS 3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF 4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 5 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 6 State of Idaho assembled in the First Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth 7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 8 WHEREAS, the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was created to 9 address failing schools in large metropolitan areas; and 10 WHEREAS, the majority of school districts in Idaho and the nation are 11 rural in nature and need maximum flexibility in the assignment of trained pro- 12 fessional educators; and 13 WHEREAS, Idaho has led the nation in school improvement reform by passage 14 of the Idaho Reading Initiative, the creation of academic standards, the 15 alignment of Idaho public school curricula, and the creation of the Idaho 16 Standards Assessment Test (ISAT); and 17 WHEREAS, the NCLB Act provides that all schools must meet the 41 Adequate 18 Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria or be placed in "AYP Jail," an impossible and 19 costly task for smaller schools; and 20 WHEREAS, the annual National Assessment of Education Progress test does 21 not provide specific data to help our instructional programs; and 22 WHEREAS, the NCLB represents a de facto federal takeover of Idaho public 23 education in violation of the tenth amendment to the Constitution of the 24 United States; and 25 WHEREAS, federal funding necessary to implement the provisions of NCLB is 26 inadequate and as such NCLB represents an unfunded federal mandate; and 27 WHEREAS, compliance with the provisions of NCLB has resulted in a disrup- 28 tion of Idaho's traditional public education system and a diminishment of the 29 ability of Idaho's public schools to teach traditional Idaho family values. 30 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session 31 of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa- 32 tives concurring therein, demand that the Congress of the United States work 33 to change the provisions of the NCLB Act to provide that all states that do 34 not have at least one city with a population of one million or more be 35 exempted from the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. 36 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be, and she is 37 hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the Pres- 38 ident of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Con- 39 gress, and the congressional delegation representing the State of Idaho in the 40 Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS14674 Memorial to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States and to Idaho's Congressional Delegation calling for exemption from NCLB requirements, without loss of funding, for all states that do not have at least one city of 1 million people or more. Gives reasons. FISCAL IMPACT None Contact: Senator Monty Pearce Phone 208-332-1339 Senator Gary J. Schroeder Phone 208-332-1323 SJM 101