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February 04, 2015

ESEA Cabin Fever: Rick Hess and Peter Cunningham Argue Reauthorization

What happens when a conservative and a liberal are stuck in a room together? They start with points of agreement, then disagreement, and then you get this Cabin Fever series on ESEA.

February 02, 2015

ESEA and the Competitive Grant Question

I think any substantial push on competitive grants is a dead letter. And I think that's probably a good thing.

January 30, 2015

The Problem With NCLB-Style 'Political Cover'

The argument that state leaders need "political cover" from Washington is not unreasonable, but here's why I ultimately reject it.

January 28, 2015

Fixing NCLB Based on What Uncle Sam Does Well

There are many things the federal government cannot do well when it comes to schooling. It's not a "retreat" for NCLB reauthorization to acknowledge that.

January 14, 2015

Distinguishing Tests From Accountability in NCLB

Those who don't want the federal role in education dialed back are doing some wild intellectual gymnastics.

January 12, 2015

Seven Observations on ESEA Reauthorization

ESEA/NCLB reauthorization is off and running. As it races forward, here are seven things to keep in mind.

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...

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