If the legislation becomes law without major changes before the Obama administration leaves town, there may be an even bigger loser than Duncan: His successor.
GOP lawmakers running for president don't think the bipsartisan Senate bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act goes far enough in restoring power to parents.
Here's a look at the Senate and House bills to rewrite the NCLB law, and how they compare to each other, current law, and the Obama administration's waivers.
Passage marks a crucial step in getting a bill to the president's desk. The Senate and House can now begin conferencing their dueling reauthorization measures.
The U.S. Senate's bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act doesn't go nearly far enough when it comes to accountability for low-income students and racial minorities.
Senators also rejected a high-profile amendment from Democrats to beef up accountability measures in the underlying bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The National Education Association sent a letter Tuesday to senators urging them to oppose a Democratic amendment that would beef up accountability in the Senate's ESEA rewrite.
As debate continues on the bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, senators turned down proposals on three contentious issues.
The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and harassment in public schools. But such protections are already required under Title IX, the National School Boards Association said.
The administration has already played a huge role in shifting the federal role in monitoring states' progress towards turning around low-performing schools and helping struggling students.