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May 14, 2003

VITERBO UNIVERSITY TO HOST CONFERENCE FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT GRANT TODAY

LA CROSSE, Wis.?Viterbo University will hold a conference today, Wednesday, May 14, with area educators to discuss the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as the "No Child Left Behind" law.

The conference will provide attendees with the chance to improve teacher education through increased collaboration between university faculty and PK-12 teachers, according to Sue Batell, Viterbo dean of education.  Ideas generated from the collaboration will then be used to write the full grant proposal for future ESEA grants.  "We are grateful that the grant allows us to spend a day getting the opinions of local teachers and administrators on how we can improve our already great partnerships with schools in the Coulee Region," said Batell.

The "No Child Left Behind" law ties school funding to student performance on standardized exams and is a controversial feature of the act, said Batell.  Viterbo is paying for substitute teachers so that 24 local teachers and administrators will be available to attend the conference.  Viterbo School of  Education faculty and Teacher Education Committee members will be attending.

Viterbo received a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to sponsor this event.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. ?2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby

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