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As End of Spring Nears, NCLB's Prospects Dim

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Back in January, Rep. George Miller told me that he and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy had a plan to reauthorize NCLB by this spring. That seemed like an ambitious goal, then. Now it looks unattainable. Indeed, the prospect of the law being reauthorized in 2008 dimmed last week with the news of the Massachusetts Democrat's brain tumor.

When will NCLB be reauthorized?

In last week's Gadfly, Checker Finn explains the arcane legal reasons why Congress doesn't need to act soon. Eduwonk lays out a good case for 2010. Back in November, I sent BoardBuzz into a tizzy by projecting NCLB might not be done until 2011.

What's your guess?

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Remember when this blog began last summer, and I wondered what its lifespan would be? Looks like you may be chained to the blog for a few more years...

It is sad to think that such an important piece of legislation regarding the education of our nation's children can take the position on the back burner. It seems the priorities of the legislature are confused. If only they could realize that by being proactive, then they would not have to be reactive so many other issues.

Maybe I can use this legislative process as part of my doctorate - I'll be done with it in approximately three years. Do you think NCLB will be done by then? The million dollar question!

David,

Don't give up the ship just yet. It's my belief that as soon as Obama is inaugurated in 2009 he'll direct Congress to address this important legislation.

One can only hope if our federal lawmakers have time to deal with Roger Clemens' alleged steroid use and the NFL's Spygate fiasco they can also find time to reauthorize NCLB.

I'm glad they're taking their time reauthorizing NCLB. It seems that it's done more harm than good, and I'd rather they took some time to improve it, or even better, trash it altogether.

Will NCLB be authorized? It is in my humble opinion the law will be renamed to confuse the public just long enough for legislators to get things squared away.
What things will they need to get squared away? Oiling the squeakiest wheels, of course. Then, by the time we figure out the changes and realize that implementation is not feasible, then it's time to re-elect a the president of the US, who will receive feedback from stakeholders, and the process to "improve" the letter of the law and its implementation will take remain on course for the next 4 years.
I believe that folks at every level of the education process should honestly embrace the SPIRIT along with the written mandates of NCLB. Otherwise, it does not matter what form, shape, or consistancy the law takes, it will remain a peice of legislation that may not be worth the paper it is written on.
Someone (the internet credits both Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein) once said that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again -- and expecting different results."

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