House Resolution 24

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  1  1                HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.    
  1  2         BY  WISE, FOEGE, BUKTA, MYERS, STEVENS,
  1  3        QUIRK, WHITAKER, WHITEAD, WENDT, GASKILL,
  1  4        FREVERT, BERRY, MILLER, SMITH, GREIMANN,
  1  5          HEDDENS, McCARTHY, D. TAYLOR, MURPHY,
  1  6       MASCHER, SHOULTZ, OLDSON, REASONER, SWAIM,
  1  7       LENSING, HOGG, DAVITT, OSTERHAUS, WINCKLER,
  1  8       JOCHUM, HUNTER, STRUYK, T. TAYLOR, CONNORS,
  1  9        DANDEKAR, PETERSEN, D. OLSON, LYKAM, and
  1 10                         FALLON
  1 11 A Resolution requesting Iowa's congressional
  1 12    delegation to work to secure adequate funding for
  1 13    mandates required under the federal "No Child Left
  1 14    Behind Act of 2001".
  1 15    WHEREAS, President George W. Bush signed into law
  1 16 the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) on January
  1 17 8, 2002; and
  1 18    WHEREAS, the goals of the NCLB legislation are
  1 19 laudable and Iowans embrace the conviction that all
  1 20 children should have an equal opportunity to obtain a
  1 21 high=quality education; and
  1 22    WHEREAS, Iowa's commitment to providing all of its
  1 23 children with a high=quality education is evidenced by
  1 24 the fact that nearly 90 percent of Iowa's schools
  1 25 score above the national median on nationally
  1 26 standardized tests; and
  1 27    WHEREAS, this commitment begins at the local level
  1 28 with school districts and schools setting challenging
  1 29 local academic standards and continues with the
  1 30 state's dedication to assisting local schools through
  2  1 the Iowa Early Intervention Program enacted in 1999
  2  2 and the Student Achievement and Teacher Quality
  2  3 Program enacted in 2001, which continue to provide
  2  4 valuable support to school districts and schools
  2  5 today; and
  2  6    WHEREAS, federal funding for the NCLB represents
  2  7 approximately 3.6 percent of Iowa's total school
  2  8 district funding for education utilized in a school
  2  9 year; and
  2 10    WHEREAS, the federal government has neglected to
  2 11 provide funding for the NCLB's mandated requirements
  2 12 related to supplementary services, transportation
  2 13 costs associated with moving students from buildings
  2 14 in need of assistance to buildings making annual
  2 15 progress, additional data collection, and professional
  2 16 development for teachers in schools determined to be
  2 17 in need of assistance; and
  2 18    WHEREAS, state budget gaps have grown by 50 percent
  2 19 this winter and state policymakers will need to
  2 20 resolve unprecedented budget shortfalls, according to
  2 21 a report released February 4, 2003, by the National
  2 22 Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); and
  2 23    WHEREAS, the latest NCSL survey reports that two=
  2 24 thirds of the states must reduce their budgets by
  2 25 nearly $26 billion between February 2003 and June 30,
  2 26 2003, and states addressed a $49.1 billion shortfall
  2 27 in budgeting for FY 2003; and
  2 28    WHEREAS, according to NCSL, state legislatures face
  2 29 a minimum $68.5 billion budget shortfall for FY 2004;
  2 30 and
  3  1    WHEREAS, Iowa's economy is not growing enough to
  3  2 generate adequate funding to improve our education
  3  3 system and the NCLB requirements create not only
  3  4 another level of mandates lacking the resources to
  3  5 bring about the level of success required, but could
  3  6 actually result in a shift of vital instructional
  3  7 dollars for NCLB purposes that are unlikely to enhance
  3  8 student achievement or teacher quality; NOW THEREFORE,
  3  9    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
  3 10 That the Iowa House of Representatives requests Iowa's
  3 11 elected representatives in the United States Congress,
  3 12 in particular Senator Chuck Grassley, Chair of the
  3 13 Committee on Finance, and Representative Jim Nussle,
  3 14 Chair of the House Budget Committee, to support, work
  3 15 to pass, and vote for adequate funding for mandates
  3 16 required under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
  3 17    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this
  3 18 Resolution be sent to the members of Iowa's
  3 19 congressional delegation.
  3 20 LSB 2350HH 80
  3 21 kh/sh/8