Monday, March 15, 2010

Revising "No Child Left Behind"

The government is taking steps to change the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. On Friday, March 12, HR 4837 was introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. Then on Saturday, March 13, the Obama administration introduced its 45-page blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Both the Bush-era and Obama-era bills update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (found in sections of U.S. Code Title 20). Key education priorities listed in the Blueprint are preparing college- and career-ready students, maintaining great teachers and leaders in every school, creating equity and opportunity for all students, rewarding excellence, and promoting innovation and continuous improvement.

HR 4837 was introduced in the House by a Republican, so its goals and objectives may differ from those of the Obama administration. The bill mentions yearly progress measurements, state flexibility, public school choice, private schools, and school sanctions. For a news media perspective on education reform, see "Changes to No Child Left Behind Would Affect Schools Differently" in today's Washington Post.

For more resources about education laws and policies, take a look at our guide.

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