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NCTE's Work with Federal Legislation and More

NCTM, NABE, and Arizona TESOL New Signers to Joint Statement in Opposition to Book Censorship in the Tucson Unified School District

"It's unacceptable for state and local officials to deny students a rich and diverse curriculum presented under the guidance of qualified teachers."
-- NCTE Executive Director Kent Williamson
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Letter to President Obama on Highly Qualified Teacher Issue

NCTE has joined more than 50 organizations -- including education, civil rights, disability, student, parent, and community groups -- in sending a letter to President Obama about legislation in Congress that would allow teachers still in training to be considered “highly qualified” so they can meet a standard set in the federal No Child Left Behind law.


Read how NCTE members supported NCTE's literacy education advocacy efforts throughout 2010!

On behalf of students and teachers, NCTE members took action in November 2010 to stop the de-funding of the National Writing Project, Reading Is Fundamental, and other programs by asking their sentators to opposed the Coburn amendment. The Coburn amendment proposed a moratorium on earmarks beginning with the 2011 budget. This moratorium would impact directed funding programs across departments of the federal budget. Both the National Writing Project and Reading Is Fundamental are considered earmarks even though they are authorized programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


National Day on Writing
On September 29, 2010, the Senate passed S.R. 668 declaring October 20, 2010, the National Day on Writing!



NCTE's Action Alerts ask members to contact policymakers to request their support for legislation affecting literacy education. Your voices have been heard!  On October 8, 2009, after NCTE members had sent several hundred letters to their Senators, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20 as the National Day on Writing.


Ask Your Legislators to Cosponsor and to Vote for the LEARN Act (HR 4027; S2740) and to Support Teachers as Professionals in Defining Teacher Effectiveness

Take just a few minutes to write to your legislators to suggest important ways to improve student learning through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Your Action Helped in Declaring October 20, 2009, the National Day on Writing!
On October 8, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20, 2009, the National Day on Writing.  NCTE members sent more than 400 letters to their Senators asking them to support this resolution. 


NCTE Speaks Out on Arizona Department of Education Ruling on Teacher Speech: Evaluate Teachers on Their Competence, Not on Their Accents.


On June 7, 2010, NCTE sent a statement to the Arizona Department of Education about its recent ruling that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.


NCTE gave feedback to Congress regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):


Learn how NCTE takes positions on literacy education issues.


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