September 29, 2011

Coming Together to Kill Education Reform

By By Andrew J. Rotherham

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Rumors are circulating that Congress is going to seriously try to get something done on education this fall, if only to push back on the administration’s plan to rewrite NCLB through the use of waivers. If the eagerness to demonstrate some bipartisanship on education turns into a stampede, it’s not hard to see common ground between what Republican governors, Republican leaders in Washington, and the Obama Administration want — and that means a lot less accountability, especially since the administration has a rocky record of standing up to Republican demands. Given the national imperative of improving our schools and the mixed record of states, perhaps it’s worth pausing to ask if this is really a bipartisanship worth celebrating.

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