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Klobuchar to get input here on 'No Child Left Behind'

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's staff is continuing a series of education forums throughout the state this spring to get Minnesotans' thoughts on the federal No Child Left Behind law, which is up for reauthorization by Congress this year.

Klobuchar wants to know what education reforms at the federal level will best serve Minnesota schools and students.

She will get input in Alexandria on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Avenue North.

Signed into law in January 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act was supposed to improve student performance by increasing accountability for states, school districts and schools.

Supporters say it has brought much-needed accountability to public education, especially in serving disadvantaged students. Critics say the federal law has created new under-funded mandates and encouraged an excessive focus on narrow standardized testing.

Staff members will report the public comments back to Senator Klobuchar for use in the debate on reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind law.

So far, Klobuchar's staff has convened forums in 14 Minnesota communities: Anoka, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Delano, Duluth, Lindstrom, Mankato, Marshall, Owatonna, Plymouth, Richfield, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Virginia, Willmar and Worthington.

Minnesotans can find the most updated schedule of forums and also submit their ideas and suggestions by visiting the education reform page of Klobuchar's Senate website at