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Volume V, Number 3, March, 2007

Beginning of the End of NCLB

When 50 Republicans joined this past week to introduce legislation that would protect states and local schools from heavy-handed treatment by the Ed Department and NCLB, their action signalled the end of the unholy alliance that gave birth to NCLB/Helter-Skelter in the first place.

Tired of Big Brother?

From the beginning of NCLB's implementation, the Ed Department ruled with an iron hand, exceeding the proper role of the federal government in forcing educational policies and strategies on states and local school districts. This seemed strange coming from an administration that viewed regulation by government as a sin when applied to its business friends. Fortunately, we are seeing a break in the ranks.

Dozens in GOP Turn Against Bush's Prized 'No Child' Act
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/14/AR2007031402741.html
By Jonathan Weisman and Amit R. Paley

More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate -- including the House's second-ranking Republican -- will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush's signature domestic achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act, by allowing states to opt out of its testing mandates.

The article is well worth a read, as the reporters interview quite a few in Congress who are very much upset with the way NCLB has been handled.

Some of the quotations are heartening, as is this one from a former Ed Department official:

"Republicans voted for No Child Left Behind holding their noses," said Michael J. Petrilli, an Education Department official during Bush's first term who is now a critic of the law. "But now with the president so politically weak, conservatives can vote their conscience."

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