How the Blueprint for Reform Empowers Teachers

What is President Obama’s Blueprint for Reform? How will the proposed changes affect teachers and classrooms?

To discover answers to these questions, check out a new brochure, Built for Teachers: How the Blueprint for Reform Empowers Teachers. Written by teachers and for teachers, the brochure highlights issues in the Secretary’s plans to revise and reauthorize the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), focusing on those of particular concern for teachers. Specifically, it addresses educational challenges posed by the current NCLB (No Child Left Behind) law and how the Blueprint answers these challenges. For example, one section of the brochure addresses concerns that NCLB has narrowed the curriculum, neglecting subjects other than reading and math, and it describes the Blueprint’s strategy for tackling this issue. The brochure also raises common questions about the reauthorization of the ESEA, including state competitions for federal dollars, as well as specific issues facing charter schools, urban, and rural schools.

The text of the brochure is available at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/teachers/publication_pg2.html.

You may also order it by writing to ED Pubs, Education Publications center, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Or fax your request to 703-605-6794. Or e-mail your request to edpubs@inet.ed.gov . Or call in your request toll free to1-877-433-7827 (1-877-ED-PUBS). To order online, go to http://edpubs.gov .

Laurie Calvert
Teaching Ambassador Fellow