Although Democrats and Republicans largely agree that No Child Left Behind, the largest federal education law, is a shambles, House Republicans and Senate Democrats have different ideas about how to revise the law.
“It’s a matter of the conservative philosophy of localities and states being closest to the child and being empowered to best direct education dollars and decision-making versus a big-government philosophy that says this decision should increasingly be made by bureaucrats in Washington, [and] another federal program and another billion dollars will finally do the trick,” said Lindsey Burke, an education fellow at the DC-based Heritage Foundation.
The Student Success Act (SSA), introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-Minnesota) and Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), chairmen of House education committees, aims to “restore local control, support more effective teachers, reduce the federal footprint, and empower parents,” says a committee press release.
The bill is scheduled for markup—or...
Although frustrated by this month’s three-vote defeat of a bill to reconsider Common Core national education standards or related tests, former Kansas Board of Education member Walt Chappell is resolute: “House Bill 2289 [to repeal Common Core] is still alive.”
The Common Core opponent expects a repeal bill to be re-introduced in 2014, but in the interim, Chappell, president of Educational Management Consultants, believes a “groundswell of activity from teachers and parents” is necessary...
Wednesday's ed news
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will let states postpone tying student test scores to teacher evaluations for one year as Common Core tests phase in.
Seventy percent of U.S. K-12 schools don’t have the bandwidth for Common Core tests.
Forty members of Congress introduce a constitutional amendment to protect parents’ right to direct their children’s upbringing and education.
Indiana’s state superintendent says Common Core will not enter second- through twelfth-grade...