Elementary and Secondary Education Act
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which was enacted in January 2002, is presently up for reauthorization, which presents a major opportunity for Congress to support geography teaching at the K-12 level. This is and has been a major issue for the AAG and we encourage members to get involved on behalf of geography education.
The major flaw in No Child Left Behind revolves around the fact that geography is one of the ten “core subjects” identified in the law, but the only one without tied-in implementing programs or funding authorizations – such as grant programs states could apply for to enhance geography teacher training. For background on the current political situation and the 2010 reauthorization process, please see the recent From the Meridian column on the need for an AAG Blueprint for Geography Education [PDF].