USDOE Assistant Secretary Thelma Melendez and others from the U.S. Department meet with Delta superintendents.
U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Thelma Melendez met with superintendents from rural school districts in the Delta in Clarksdale, MS, this week to hear their concerns regarding reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind, which will again be called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Joining superintendents from Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee were Paula Henderson of England School District, Dr. Matt McClure of Cross County School District and Ulicious Reed of Marvell School District. Some of the major themes that surfaced during the meeting included the need for techinical assistance from the USDOE in applying for competitive grants because smaller schools don’t have the resources such as grant writers that many larger districts do; the importance of being able to better recruit and retain teachers; full funding for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requirements; and increased broadband capacity.
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