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What the New Senate Education Chair Thinks About No Child Left Behind

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the new chairman of the Senate committee on education, walked into Congress this month with guns a-blazin’. Twelve years after the passage of George W. Bush’s signature education bill, No Child Left Behind, and eight years after that troubled law was supposed to be revised and updated, the Tennessee Republican says now…

Expanding the floor of the cage

Sent to the Washington Post, Jan 22, 2015Re: "What are the odds that Congress actually rewrites No Child Left Behind? 50-50, Arne Duncan says." (Jan 21).In their hearings on the reauthorization of the education law, the Senate Education...Show More Summary

What the new Common Core tests are — and aren’t

At a Senate education committee hearing this week on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB’s annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores […]

Diane Ravitch, former adviser to Lamar Alexander, sends him new NCLB advice

You may not remember (if you knew at all) that education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, who as much as anybody else led the movement in recent years against No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, once worked for Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who now chairs the Senate education committee but was once […]

Republicans begin revising ‘No Child Left Behind

A Republican-backed proposal is on the table with two options: keep the testing mandate as is or allow states to decide how to test. Continue reading ? The post Republicans begin revising ‘No Child Left Behind’ appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Teacher tells Congress: ‘The federal incentives in education are wrong’

  Here is testimony given by a public school teacher at Wednesday’s hearing on the rewriting of No Child Left Behind by the Senate education committee, chaired by Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and a former U.S. secretary of education. The teacher is Stephen Lazar, a National Board Certified teacher who helped start Harvest […]

Principal to Congress: I was wrong when I supported NCLB. Learn from my mistake.

Eight years after No Child Left Behind was supposed to be rewritten by Congress, it just may happen — sooner rather than later. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became the chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to move fast on a rewrite, pushing a bill to the […]

Do students take too many tests? Congress to weigh question

On Wednesday, the Senate's education committee is set to take up the issue of whether federally mandated annual testing should remain a requirement under the No Child Left Behind law. Continue reading ? The post Do students take too many tests? Congress to weigh question appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Cutting through the stupid on annual standardized testing

Perhaps the key struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the rewriting of No Child Left Behind will be about annual standardized testing. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor […]

Rewriting No Child Left Behind: Competing views

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became the chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor by the end of February. To that end, he just released his working draft legislation that calls for reducing federal involvement […]

AM News: Senators Murray & Alexander Push To Revamp NCLB

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind HuffPost: Murray articulated a similar position on testing in an interview Tuesday. "We have to fix the redundant and unnecessary testing within the system broadly," she told The Huffington Post. Show More Summary

U.S. education policy: Federal overreach or reaching for the wrong things?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is seen as the most powerful education secretary ever, given his use of federal funding and No Child Left Behind waivers to get states to follow school reform policies that he supported.  Many of his critics argue that his federal overreach is excessive and has encroached on local and state authority […]

Arne Duncan announcing plans to repeal No Child Left Behind

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce plans to repeal the standing federal education law, No Child Left Behind.

AM News: Duncan To Join "Repeal NCLB" Chorus -- But Favors Annual Testing

Arne Duncan to call for No Child Left Behind revamp Politico: In a speech Monday, Duncan will lay out his principles for rewriting the education law, sources familiar with the event confirmed. But he is not expected to back down from...Show More Summary

Over-testing our kids is not the answer — it’s the problem

In the era of No Child Left Behind and Common Core, we've forgotten about the learning and development that matter

Republicans Plan To Puncture ‘No Child Left Behind

Republicans plan to get right to work undoing whatever they can, while advancing nothing. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. John Kline, who will lead the Senate and House education committees next year, are planning to push an overhaul of NCLB at a moment when backlash in the states has reached an all-time high, opening up [...]

Teachers describe the terrible state of American education

2 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Teachers from across America (including a Philly elementary school with a $160 annual budget for 400 students!) wrote to Gawker to explain what the No Child Left Behind, charter movement, and the overall war on teachers and education has turned America's classes into. Read the rest

"Net Neutrality": Why are the Bad Guys So Much Better at Naming Things?

Why are the bad guys so much better at naming things? Especially legislation. Especially bad legislation. No Child Left Behind. Healthy Forests. Clear Skies. The PATRIOT Act. They have a special gift for coming up with monikers that are easy to remember and easy to get behind. Show More Summary

President Obama: The U.S. Remains Committed to 'Ensuring No One Is Left Behind' in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Ahead of World AIDS Day tomorrow, President Obama has released a proclamation reflecting on the three decades of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the work that still needs to be done to ensure "no child has to...

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