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For a Key Education Law, Reauthorization Stalls

Ohanian Comment: A source here in Vermont says that "most likely" NCLB reauthorization is dead until we get a new president. Now let's work to make sure that president ISN'T Hillary. Dating back to their days in the Arkansas governor's mansion through cheerleading the passage of Bush the Elder's America 2000 and Clinton's Goals 2000, Hillary and her husband have done a whole lot to enshrine the Standardistas. Remember, they fought hard for a national test.

Go read Marc Tucker's Dear Hillary Letter.

Take a look at her influential adviser, Mark Penn. Take a look at her mega-contributors. (For starters, the U. S. arms industry backs Hillary. The pharmaceuticals industry backs Hillary.)

And so on and so on.

We've won the first battle on NCLB. Now let's get ready to fight the war. A first step is insisting that our unions and professional organizations break their silence and stand tall for teacher professionalism. Reading a script shipped in from a corporate conglomerate is not professional behavior.

Sidenote: People who have contacted George Miller repeatedly--wihhout the courtesy of a reply--should tell his spokesman Tom Kiley what he can do with his "negotiations with educational organizations." Kudos to EliminateNCLB for fighting back and revealing Miller's campaign contributors. (Hint: top officers at McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin. . . )

by Sam Dillon

The leaders of the Senate and House education committees are signaling
that time has run out for reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act
this year, leaving prospects for rewriting it uncertain during the
presidential campaign in 2008.

The law, which holds public schools accountable for improving student
test scores, is President Bushâs signature domestic achievement and the
most important statement of federal policy toward the nationâs public

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.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the
Senate education committee, has postponed introducing a new version of
the law until next year, Melissa Wagoner, a spokeswoman for Mr. Kennedy,
said yesterday.

âSenator Kennedy is committed to putting together a responsible
reauthorization package early in 2008,â Ms. Wagoner said. âBut weâre
running up against the clock for this year.â

The education committee in the House has worked for months on
negotiations to produce legislation to renew the law.

But in recent days, its chairman, Representative George Miller, Democrat
of California, has been working on a higher-education bill.

Mr. Millerâs spokesman, Tom Kiley, said the Senate postponement of
reauthorization for No Child Left Behind had complicated the work of
writing a House bill.

âItâs growing less likely that we get a bill off the House floor this
year,â Mr. Kiley said. âWeâre continuing our negotiations on the bill
with Republicans and with educational organizations, but weâre looking
to balance the need to work expeditiously with the need to get this bill

— Sam Dillon
New York Times


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