Jia Lee, a special education teacher from The Earth School in NYC, gave testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on January 21st to discuss the impact of No Child Left Behind’s testing and accountability provisions on public school children.  Up for debate was how to fix No Child Left Behind, the law that requires states to annually administer standardized tests. The law expired in 2007 but has yet to be re-authorized, and Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called for the committee to pass a bill overhauling it by the end of February.   Over 50% of the parents at The Earth School refused to allow their children to take the Common Core aligned English/Language Arts and Math tests and said her school was not alone.

Watch Jia Lee’s Public Testimony

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