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Congress and Common Standards

My colleague Alyson Klein reports on yesterday's hearing by the House Education and Labor Committee on common standards in "House Panel Considers Federal Role in Standards."

Former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., testified that the Congress could help keep states' efforts to create common standards on track by asking for regular reports and for seeing that the states meet the deadlines that they set out for themselves. He said that Congress could also provide funding for the effort.

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, the top Republican on the Committee, argued that the states are capable of creating common standards all by themselves, if they so desire, and the federal government should stay out of their way.

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