» Wash. Post: GOP education bill comes under fire from House Democrats
» Politico: House poised to leave ‘No Child’ behind
» NY Times: Education Proposal in House Could Replace ‘No Child’ Act
We’re not in 2001 anymore …
For the first time since No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush’s signature education law, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support a dozen years ago, a bill seeking to rewrite the law came to the floor of the House for debate on Thursday, dividing legislators along party lines.
Lawmakers tussled over the role of the federal government in public education, with Republicans calling for a return of control over curriculum standards, testing and spending to states and districts. Democrats, by contrast, assailed the proposed bill, saying that it reduced financing designated for the students most at risk, failed to set high standards and watered down efforts to hold schools accountable for student performance.
Both parties agreed that No Child Left Behind, which was signed into law in 2002, is in dire need of revision. States and districts have struggled to meet a deadline enshrined in that law, requiring that all students become proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014.
I’ve only started compiling information on the competing bills and I’m sure that Rep. Kline’s bill will warrant some further reading. I’m a little skeptical that any changes will pass this Congress. But it’s still interesting to see how far the GOP is willing to move from where it was twelve years ago.
ADD-ON: The ideologues …
» Center for American Progress: The Student Success Act Is the Wrong Way Forward
» Heritage Foundation: The Student Success Act: Reforming Federal Accountability Requirements Under No Child Left Behind