Obama wants Congress to rewrite NCLB
| Mar 14, 2011
President Obama plans to ask Congress today to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign for an overhaul of public education. Obama's message, to be delivered in a speech at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington County, will set his first public timetable for lawmakers to revise a nine-year-old law that in recent years has lost much of its luster.
Whether lawmakers can fulfill his wish to approve a bill by the end of summer remains unclear. The education law--enacted in 2002 under then-President George W. Bush--addresses issues including school performance ratings, standardized testing, teacher quality, academic standards and equity for the poor. Consideration of whether it should also address other controversial topics, such as teacher merit pay and public vouchers for students attending private school, could complicate what is likely to be a prolonged debate. Read more in this article by Nick Anderson in The Washington Post online.