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Wait for NCLB; Get Ready to Compete

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You may have to wait till September to glimpse the future of NCLB, but you'll be able to spend your August vacation imagining the future of math and science education.

Sean Cavanagh reports for Education Week that the House passed a so-called competitiveness bill yesterday. The comprehensive legislation is chock full of math and science education. It has a new math program to get students ready to take algebra and scholarships for undergraduates who promise to teach math and science in high-need schools. Read more here.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill today and send it to President Bush. No word from the White House on whether the president would sign the bill. Given the 367-57 vote in the House, Congress may be able to override any veto.

UPDATE: The Senate rarely does anything quietly or quickly, but it did in this case. It passed the competitiveness act unanimously. The transcript of the discussion takes up less than a page in the Congressional Record.

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Someone should interview the state directors of Reading First the only part of NCLB that is working and fully funded. To move funds from Reading First to Title I is a huge political mistake. Reading First has done in 4 years what Title I has not been able to do in 40 years.

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