The U.S. Department of Education is asking the public to provide feedback on 20 new regional technical assistance centers created to help educators carry out the policies of No Child Left Behind, the federal act that mandates students meet specific progress goals each year.
David Thomas, spokesman for the department, said it is seeking input from the public to determine specific areas in which educators and administrators need help.
“The centers will provide resources and assistance to states and districts (in executing) this law to raise student achievement, close achievement gaps and improve low-performing schools,” Thomas said.
Ten Regional Advisory Committees, established in 2002 under the Educational Technical Assistance Act, are gathering and processing the comments from the public and will submit their findings by the end of March to the U.S. secretary of education.
A competition this spring and summer will determine the location of the centers. An application for the competition, available in April, will be based on feedback from the public and Regional Advisory Committees.
Missouri residents can share their comments under the mid-continent link at www.rac-ed.org.