CANYON COUNTRY – U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, who entered politics as a local school board member, will host a round-table discussion Wednesday on efforts to strengthen the No Child Left Behind act. Educators and business leaders will participate in the program, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The discussion comes as Congress prepares to craft legislation to renew and strengthen the 2001 education reform law, which focused on goal-oriented, standards-based education. Locally, criticism about the reform has largely been that it sweeps special education students into its parameters with expectations that all students show improvement, even when it isn’t likely. An aide to McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said the special education issue is one that must be tackled as the law is reviewed. McKeon, Santa Clarita’s first mayor and a former member of the Hart Union High School District board, is the senior Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. “The purpose of this round table is simple: to provide me an opportunity to listen to the comments and concerns of my 25th District neighbors directly, without a filter,” McKeon said of Wednesday’s event, during which he will hear from teachers, parents, business leaders and students. “I look forward to gathering valuable input that I can bring back to Washington as my colleagues and I begin the process of strengthening No Child Left Behind,” he said in a statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!