State Of The Union Preview: Reauthorize NCLB
Don't expect much from the President about education in the upcoming State Of The Union besides the call to reauthorize NCLB, based on this mention in a White House press briefing last week: " I think that the issues that the President has chosen to talk about in the State of the Union are ones that we all agree on the ultimate goal -- maybe not on every single detail -- but we have different paths of getting there. And I think that he believes that there are ways that we can work together -- on energy reform, there's a lot of common ground there. On education reform, No Child Left Behind is beginning to show some results. And so as that gets reauthorized this year, under the leadership of Secretary Spellings and Senator Ted Kennedy, I think that a lot can get done there."
This is a far cry from last year, when SOTU-watchers were all aflutter about the President's STEM proposal, which like most things mentioned in these speeches went nowhere: $9B Proposed for Science Education.