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The Creative Classroom: Why America Depends on Schools That Think Differently

Education reform is one of the most troubled areas of U.S. domestic policy. As politicians on both sides debate the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, they should keep in mind that some of the most vexing problems they struggle to solve are caused by the very strategies for reform they are now reviewing. Show More Summary

A Step Forward in Washington, a Step Back in New York

Something stunning happened this week in Congress. The Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 22-0 to overhaul No Child Left Behind. That's right, policymakers from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listened to the people they're sworn to represent and found common ground on public education. Sens. Show More Summary

Kill the Whole Jellyfish, or the Tentacles Will Grow

There’s a lot of debate right now about whether conservatives (I don’t know if anyone thinks libertarians can be reached) should support current No Child Left Behind reauthorization efforts. The “support this” argument is that billsShow More Summary

4 Things You Should Know About The Senate's Overhaul Of No Child Left Behind

A Senate committee pushed an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act a step closer Thursday, passing a rewritten version called the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The vote by the Committee on on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions,...Show More Summary

Senate panel votes unanimously in favor of No Child Left Behind revision

The Senate education committee voted unanimously Thursday in favor of a bill to revise the nation’s main education law, sending the measure to the Senate floor for consideration later this spring.The 22-to-0 vote was an unusual example of bipartisanship in a Congress known for its polarization and gridlock. Show More Summary

Four key principles for NCLB rewrite that would help vulnerable kids

Congress is now attempting to rewrite the fatally flawed No Child Left Behind, the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress never saw its way to getting the job done, so it and its impossible goals — such as having virtually all […]

Four key principles for NCLB rewrite that would help vulnerable kids

Congress is now attempting to rewrite the fatally flawed No Child Left Behind, the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress never saw its way to getting the job done, so it and its impossible goals — such as having virtually all […]

Senate Committee Makes Progress On Updates To Education Law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee made progress Wednesday on a bipartisan update to the No Child Left Behind education law with a final vote expected Thursday afternoon. In all, the committee has passed 24 amendments and defeated six. Show More Summary

After Cleaning up the NCLB Mess, Then What?

Congress is finally grappling with which parts of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) ought to be repealed or retained. Various officials, and the president who must sign the final agreement, have different lists. After the squabbling,...Show More Summary

Senate Committee Examines Bush-era Education Law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee began debating legislation Tuesday that attempts to fix the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law by giving states more control in determining how to hold public schools accountable for...Show More Summary

Senate panel takes up No Child Left Behind rewrite

The Senate education panel began marking up a bipartisan bill to replace No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans going to great lengths to hold together a delicately crafted consensus around the proposal. Read full article >>

Senate committee examines Bush-era education law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has begun debating legislation designed to update the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. Lawmakers are focusing on giving states more control over how to hold public schools accountable for student performance while maintaining many of the testing requirements that show how well students are learning.

AM News: You Watch The NCLB Markup, I'll Watch The NY Testing Launch

Senate Attempts To Revise No Child Left Behind Measure NPR: A Senate committee begins work on a bill that would overhaul the education law. That measure — once considered a great uniter of politicians on the left and right — has since become a great divider. Show More Summary

Why civil rights groups support standardized tests

No Child Left Behind was mainly designed to help black, Hispanic and poor children. After all, they were ones who were being "left behind." Yet 13 years after President George W. Bush signed the law in 2002, there's still debate about just what it's meant for America's disadvantaged communities. As my colleague Lyndsey Layton reports, most of the major civil rights […]

For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often

For more than a decade, the Congress has been unable to reauthorize the increasingly unpopular No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), passed in 2002 in an act of unity after the trauma of 9/11. The bill set noble goals for educational improvement and equity. Show More Summary

Why the Senate’s proposed No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t go far enough

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is chairman of the Senate education committee, and ranking Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state recently reached an agreement on a rewrite of No Child Left Behind that, if it were to become law, would significantly reduce the federal role in local public education. The “Every Child […]

NEA: No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t level the playing field

The head of the country’s largest teachers union said that her organization does not support a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to replace the nation’s main federal education law because it does not go far enough to create equal educational opportunities for poor children.Read full article >>

No need to test every student

Sent to the Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2015I do not share the Times' cheerful interpretation of the Alexander-Murray compromise for the new education law ("A new No Child Left Behind," April 10). As long as schools continue annualShow More Summary

An Ex-Teacher Made a Video Game that Skewers the No Child Left Behind Act

Image: Subaltern Games ?Seth Alter's school management game No Pineapple Left Behind mocks the United States' No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which further tied schools' funding to standardized testing results, by making students your biggest problem. Show More Summary

No Child Left Behind overhaul should keep states accountable

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The No Child Left Behind Act, a product of good bipartisan intentions and bad legislative drafting, is closer than ever to a rewrite that was supposed to have happened eight years ago. Two senators who were carrying widely divergent bills to reauthorize the school accountability law hav

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