DFER's mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American public education. Each month, we identify one candidate who is standing up for meaningful reform and innovation, and we help demonstrate the broad base of support for his or her efforts. Please give as generously as you can.
February 2010: California Congressman George Miller (CA-11)
When it comes to education warriors, Rep. George Miller is a warrior's warrior. DFER is proud to recognize Congressman Miller’s impressive work as chair of the Education and Labor Committee, especially in drafting and fighting for the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) act. Rep. Miller’s steadfast dedication to serious results in education is what makes him an effective leader in reforming America’s education system. His tendency to side with the reform-disruptors rather than the reform-incrementalists makes him an especially worthy recipient of our "Education Reformer of the Month" award.
Congressman Miller has represented California’s 7th district since 1975 and in these 33 years he has proven to be one of our nation’s leaders in education. Along with three other members of Congress, Rep. Miller created NCLB, a piece of legislation that requires a level of quality in teachers, as well as a continued examination of students' educational progress in math and english through testing.
Speaking to George Lucas’s Edutopia, Rep. Miller stated, “When I think about the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, I really think about how you live up to the title of this federal education act. How do we address the needs of every one of these children? How do we put in place a system that responds to their talents, to their abilities? How do we put in place a system that really is conducive to both teaching and learning so that they happen, hopefully, at the same time, as the child is presented with that opportunity? We have a lot of work to do.”
In addition to his work with NCLB, Congressman Miller has worked to utilize the technological advancements of Silicon Valley to advance educational opportunities in the classroom. This partnership of technology and education could result in important dividends for our nation’s children.