GOP leaving ‘No Child’ behind

As the Obama administration considers new legislation to fix schools, House Republicans have chosen an education policy leader who is eager to turn the page on the No Child Left Behind era and roll back federal mandates for testing students, reports the Washington Post. The ascent of Rep. John P. Kline, R-Minn., last month to ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee marked a watershed: For the first time since enactment of NCLB under President George W. Bush, the top GOP member on a congressional education committee is not someone who voted for the landmark law. And unlike his predecessors, who gave Bush crucial support for the law, Kline said he is not committed to the core requirement of testing all students in reading and math in grades three through eight, and once more in high school. He said he wants to give states "maximum latitude." House Republicans have almost no power to block the Democratic majority. But Kline and a growing number of like-minded members of his party devoted to local control of schools are likely to complicate President Obama’s efforts to build a broad bipartisan coalition for the next generation of education reform…

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