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Even as Congress prepares for vacation, House members are stating their priorities for NCLB reauthorization.

Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education put out an alert about the Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity, and Continued Success Act, or the METRICS Act. It would provide up to $150 million in formula grants for states to create and use new longitudinal data systems. Such systems are vital for developing accurate graduation rates and for helping educators understand how to help students improve their academic performance, data lovers say. Reps. Rush Holt, D-N.J., and Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., are sponsoring the bill.

On the lighter side, three congressmen announced they want to fight childhood obesity by requiring physical education in schools. Under the FIT Kids Act, states would need to demonstrate that their schools are providing enough PE in schools. The bill would give states credit for working towards a goal of 150 minutes per week of PE in elementary schools and 225 minutes in upper grades.

Earlier this year, Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., won the endorsement of exercise guru Richard Simmons for a bill that would set new standards for physical education and require a national fitness exam by 2009-10. Simmons is promoting this new bill too. The American Heart Association is backing the latest effort, as are Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Jay Inslee, D-Wash.

These bills are unlikely to go through the legislative process on their own. Will they or some revised version of them be attached in any way to the NCLB reauthorization? We may see in September.

Note: The Congressional Record doesn't have links to these bills yet. I'll provide links when it does.

UPDATE: The METRICS Act is H.R. 3253, and the FIT Kids Act is H.R. 3257. The Congressional Record doesn't have the text either bill yet.

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Great, Is there any news on any
legislators interested in sponsoring
some updates to the Parental Involvement
section of the NCLB Act.

Title I - Part A subpart one
Section 1118 needs some tweaking
can I get some info on who may
be looking into that?

O'Kema Lewis
Chicago
School District 299

"Such systems are vital for developing accurate graduation rates and for helping educators understand how to help students improve their academic performance, data lovers say."

I love that you use the phrase "data lovers."

Education reform suffers from "data-myopism," and Congressional leaders are being sold a false bill of goods by organizations who look at children and see numbers...

When we start seeing children again, we'll be able to really change our schools...

I want to vote for physical education in our schools. I am a therapist and a mother of a 9 year old who keeps fit with karate and her parent's extra effort to keep her fit. How can I help other children who do not have the advantage of parents who understand the importance of physical activity?
We need to fight this alarming epidemic of obesity!

Thank you for your time.
Robin Harville OTR

I want to vote for physical education in our schools. I am a therapist and a mother of a 9 year old who keeps fit with karate and her parent's extra effort to keep her fit. How can I help other children who do not have the advantage of parents who understand the importance of physical activity?
We need to fight this alarming epidemic of obesity!

Thank you for your time.
Robin Harville OTR

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