No Child Left Behind Waivers: Can Affordable Care Act Waivers in a Romney Presidency Be Far Behind?

By: Friday July 6, 2012 10:55 am

Many commentators on the left predict that Mitt Romney, if elected President, could not repeal the Affordable Care Act. And that’s true as far as it goes, I suppose, not all of it could get shoehorned into a reconciliation bill; and a tight-knit group of 41 Democrats in the Senate could, under current rules, block [...]

Obama Administration Releases Guidelines for No Child Left Behind Waivers

By: Friday September 23, 2011 8:15 am

The Obama Administration released its plan for the future of No Child Left Behind. In the absence of new legislation to fix the the original bill’s demands, so the vast majority of public schools – around 80 percent – don’t get failing grades under the current standards of proficiency, the Department of Education will issue [...]

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Grant Waivers to No Child Left Behind In Exchange for “Reform”

By: Monday August 8, 2011 12:50 pm

The Education Department plans to grant waivers for the No Child Left Behind law to states and school districts that “embrace reform.” This bypasses Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, and allows states and districts to get out from under the onerous burdens of the law, which has a deadline for 100% [...]

Duncan Wants to Use NCLB Sanctions to Force More Education Reform Measures

By: Monday June 13, 2011 8:22 am

Perceptive readers will note that I’m not the biggest fan of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and his pursuit of what I consider to be wrong-headed education reform policies. But one thing he has always wanted to do is to fix the No Child Left Behind law so that a large percentage of the nation’s schools [...]

Arne Duncan Working to Pass Republican Education Reform

By: Monday January 3, 2011 10:44 am

One item that would have made my list of things to watch in 2011 if I expanded it would have been education. We’re going to hear a lot that this is an area where Democrats and Republicans can find “common ground.” That’s only superficially true; John Boehner was the lead sponsor of No Child Left [...]

Democrats Consider Dipping Into Stimulus Funds for Emergency Education Jobs Aid

By: Friday June 11, 2010 10:46 am

Ideally, you would pay to keep 300,000 teachers employed as an additional stimulus, a well-targeted use of federal dollars that goes directly into saving jobs. But the self-defeating position of the Blue Dogs, to argue against additional job creation when their Congressional careers quite literally depend on it, has forced appropriators to look into a [...]

Re-Authorizing NCLB: A Looser Federal Hand, But Still Reliant On Testing

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 1:01 pm

Because The White House was simply bored in between trying to nail down health care votes, they decided to release an overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this week, popularly known as No Child Left Behind. The education measure needs a re-authorization in the coming year, and the President outlined how he would [...]

Obama’s Budget: “New Foundation For Lasting Growth”

By: Monday February 1, 2010 8:31 am

President Obama just finished speaking moments ago about his budget, a $3.8 trillion dollar document that will lead to $1.56 trillion in deficits for the coming fiscal year. The long-term outlook gets us back to deficits closer to 4% of GDP. FDL News has obtained this budget overview which includes all relevant statistics. The budget [...]

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