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June 05, 2013

NCLB's Critical Design Flaw and the Lesson to Take

So, looks like we're getting back into NCLB reauthorization mode. I laid out some of the broad context on Monday. While nobody is thrilled with NCLB, there are concerns that the Senate Republicans are going to go too far in "retreating" from the appropriate federal role. Today, I want to set asid...

August 27, 2012

How "Supplement Not Supplant" Is Going to Trip Up Teacher Eval & Common Core

From the "unintended consequences" file: State and district officials are well-acquainted with the manifold restrictions attached to federal funds. One of the most pervasive of these is the "supplement not supplant" requirement, which has generally been interpreted as requiring that federal dolla...

February 10, 2012

A Shameless Display on Waivers

The Obama administration made its big NCLB "waiver" announcement yesterday, getting the predictable, fawning edu-coverage. The announcement featured President Obama bragging, "After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind, my Administration is giving states the opportunity ...

October 18, 2011

Harkin-Enzi ESEA Madness

Substantively, I don't have a ton to add to what I wrote yesterday. But there were a couple of interesting developments, and various declarations have helped clarify where things stand. Here's my take. The Good: Over the weekend, Harkin and Enzi scrapped the proposal to require states to adopt fe...

October 17, 2011

My Take on the Harkin-Enzi ESEA Proposal

The horrified shrieking you heard last week was the anguished cry of liberal NCLB enthusiasts denouncing the Harkin-Enzi ESEA proposal as a dreaded retreat into the distant past. They fretted that it would whip us back to the primitive year of 1994--when Bill Clinton was president and the feds didn...

October 14, 2011

The Good Kind of Waiver

It's no secret that I've been displeased with the Obama administration's NCLB waiver strategy. I think the decision to make waiver relief conditional on states embracing provisions that exist nowhere within the statute is a troubling, unsettling course. Anyway, I'm happy to report that the adminis...

September 15, 2011

An Alternative NCLB (nee ESEA) Blueprint

Yesterday, several key Senate Republicans announced a five-bill package laying out their vision for overhauling No Child Left Behind (nee ESEA). The proposals offered by Senators Lamar Alexander, Richard Burr, Johnny Isakson, and Mark Kirk sketch a dramatically leaner federal role than does the Oba...

August 08, 2011

Duncan's "Backdoor Blueprint" Strategy

Hidy, all. It's me. I'm back from points south, west, north, and so forth. I want to thank our terrific line-up of guest bloggers for their outstanding work. Anyway, I was going to settle in with a few broad musings, but I'll hold that for a moment in light of ED's decision, teased Friday but emb...

March 17, 2011

Kline to Obama: Chill Out

Gosh, so House Education chair John Kline has responded to the Obama-Duncan insistence that we are going to reauthorize NCLB this summer by telling them to back off. Geez, who could have seen this coming? (Oh, yeah, it was me... here, and here, and here, and here, and here.) As I've said before, ...

March 14, 2011

Tightening Up Title I

On Friday, along with my friends at the Center for American Progress, I co-hosted a pretty neat conference on "Tightening Up Title I." Held over at CAP, the papers waded into the regulatory and operational questions of NCLB (aka ESEA) that too often get overlooked in the rush to overhaul accountabi...

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