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...
Tuesday's ed news
Michigan's governor has signed the state budget, which prohibits funds for Common Core.
A bill to repeal Common Core has hit New York.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signs a new kind of Parent Trigger into law.
A New Hampshire court rules that tax-credit scholarship students may not attend religious schools.
Chicago Public Schools will lay off 663 employees because of school closures.
U.S. teacher training is of poor quality, a comprehensive...