Don't pay good money for CRS reports -- they're public documents, sort of. And as you may recall from previous posts, many of them you can find online at Open CRS. Today's example: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Overview and Selected Issues....

I'm jumping the gun here a little bit, since we're hosting the Carnival Of Education tomorrow, but here are a couple of blog posts that I've been meaning to highlight: Teacher Pandering Getting Stale? The Chalkboard Newsweek's Jonathan Alter says it is time for America to stop pandering to teachers, and uses the "hack" word to describe Democratic politicians who engage in the most hard-core bootlicking. Competition or Criticism How To Best Motivate America's Schools? OUP Blog Patricia Graham questions the best techniques for reforming America's schools. Last but not least, you can find a weeklong rumble over various NCLB ...

This morning, NPR points out what a big difference it makes to the budget process to have a Congressional majority that's not the same party as the occupant of the White House. In the past, the Republican majority would actually receive and make use of the President's budget, perhaps even have helped develop it. This year, the Democratic response is just as negative, and much more empowered. Of course, that leaves the Democrats with the task of coming up with their own budget ideas. More budget reactions since yesterday: States feel the pinch of tight federal budget States ...

Supervisors Step Up In 'No Child' Fight WaPo The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors sided with school officials yesterday in a showdown with the Bush administration over the federal No Child Left Behind law, accusing the U.S. Department of Education of having a "tin ear" in its policy toward testing immigrant students. Coming US challenge: a less literate workforce CSM The reason: Most baby boomers will be retiring and a large wave of less-educated immigrants will be moving into the workforce. This downward shift in reading and math skills suggests a huge challenge for educators and policymakers in the ...

What seems clear already, just hours after the President's budget has been released, is that the funding levels for NCLB and other much-watched programs aren't nearly high enough to win over much Democratic support. On this, the basic go/no go issue, the reaction is "no go." Not that the Dems really expected anything else. They've been setting it up to slam the President on the budget (and, by extension, NCLB reauthorization) for a couple of weeks now, at least. Knowing this, the Administration probably figured it couldn't appease the Dems, so why try? It's a Democratic problem now, and ...


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