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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...

March 03, 2011

Newsflash: Moderate Dems Who Liked ESEA Blueprint...Still Like It

That would've been a perfectly adequate headline for yesterday's no-news announcement that the moderate Democrats who backed the administration's "ESEA blueprint" last year... still like it. Our earnest Secretary of Education showed up to celebrate the staunch backing of the same Senators who have ...

July 30, 2010

Dealing with Lousy Schools Is Really...Unpleasant

Lesli Maxwell has a revealing story in Ed Week pointing out that districts are reluctant to take aggressive steps when competing for School Improvement Grant dollars. This is a familiar story to anyone who's paid attention to NCLB-mandated restructuring, but it's important nonetheless. Also worth c...

March 15, 2010

The Good Kind of Schizophrenia

When the Obama administration released its proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind on Saturday, I had two immediate, conflicting reactions. The first was that the administration deserves kudos for sketching a vastly more modest conception of Uncle Sam's role and for dramatically sc...

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