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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Update on NCLB

This article about the NCLB renewal legislation appeared on Tuesday in the NY Times. Someone had asked on a previous thread about what would happen if renewal legislation wasn't passed.

"It passed Congress with bipartisan support in 2001 and will remain in effect even without Congressional action.

But the administration and Democrats in Congress had repeatedly promised to make important changes to it this year, including some that would alter judging student performance.

Despite dozens of hearings, months of public debate and hundreds of hours of Congressional negotiation, neither the House nor the Senate has produced a bill that would formally start the reauthorization process."

And the future?

"Speaking of reauthorization, Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the American Council on Education in Washington, said, “It’s dead for this year.”

“The more things move into the presidential election year,” Mr. Hartle added, “the more the long-term fate of any reauthorization bill becomes problematic.”

So it stays in place, warts and all.

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