The No Child Left Behind Act, the lack of school counselors across Minnesota, early childhood education.
Those were just a few of the topics Sen. Al Franken (D) took on during an hour-long listening session and presentation on education reform on Thursday. Held at , the event was the last in a series of visits and listening sessions Franken attended in Burnsville, Apple Valley and Eagan.
More than 70 people, including a handful of alternative high school students, attended the presentation and participated in a Q&A session at the end of the event.
The purpose of the visits, Franken's office wrote in a press release, was to gather input on feedback from local education officials on No Child Left Behind. Franken is a member of the Senate Education Committee, which is working on a bill to reform that could reform the No Child Left Behind legislation.
In this excerpt from his presentation, Franken discusses his views on the flaws of No Child Left Behind, and the "race to the middle."