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Spellings Uncertain NCLB Will Pass in '08

NCLB's prospects for 2008 appear to be fading. Even Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has her doubts the law will be reauthorized this year.

"I hope that it will get done. I don't know. But I certainly am not going to put all my eggs in that basket," Spellings said last week during her visit to Austin, Texas.

Spellings joins Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., in questioning whether NCLB will pass this year. He said last week the situation "doesn't look very favorable."

Back in January, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., told people he was working on a bill that he believed the teacher unions would support and President Bush would sign. Kennedy's committee would mark up a bill in March, the word was. March is here, and Congress usually recesses for Easter. The clock is ticking.

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