Tuesday, June 11, 2013
While Senate Democrats and Republicans agree the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) needs reforming, they are unlikely to agree on how to do that before the end of the year, the Associated Press reports. Senate Republicans object to the Democrats' proposal, called the Strengthening America's Schools Act, as a "No Child Left Behind on steriods." The Republicans argue that Strengthening Schools gives the federal government too much oversight over state educational systems. While members of Congress have been unable to reauthorize NCLB, they acknowledge that their inaction allows the U.S. Department of Education to exercise broad powers to grant states waivers from the current law's requirements, which the DOE has for 37 states. NCLB is the last reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and expired in 2007. Read more here.