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    Obama Administration Continues to Make Policy Through Waivers

    On Monday, the White House announced that it will start issuing waivers for states to avoid the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The White House is making states sign on to Obama education policies in order to receive a waiver, completely bypassing Congress and the normal legislative … More

    Lunch With Heritage Online Chat on the Education Waivers

    The Department of Education announced Monday that they will be issuing waivers to states to avoid No Child Left Behind’s onerous provisions. But if states accept the waivers, they’ll be getting some temporary relief from federal regulations while ceding more control to Washington. In exchange for temporary relief, they’ll be … More

    Better Alternatives to No Child Left Behind

    The Obama Administration is pushing hard for a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) before the start of the 2011–2012 school year. Education Week reports that on Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience that NCLB reauthorization “can’t be done on Washington time. It needs to happen on … More

    A Smart Move to Education Reform: Downsize the Federal Footprint

    On Saturday, President Obama used his weekly radio address to call for the quick reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Obama lauded the progress of Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee—his inaugural Race to the Top Commencement Address winner—and showcased the low-income school as an example of … More

    The Case for a “Greatly Reduced Federal Footprint” in Education

    When Congressman John Kline (R–MN) served as a Marine, “one of [his] assignments was to carry the ‘football’—the package containing the nuclear launch codes—for presidents Carter and Reagan,” writes George Will in profile of the House Education and Workforce Committee chairman last week. Now Kline is quarterbacking the House approach … More

    What the Department of Education's "82 Percent of Schools Are Failing" Statistic Really Tells Us

    According to the Obama Administration, the majority of the nation’s schools could be failing. In a statement to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce just over a week ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that under the current No Child Left Behind law, 82 percent of … More

    Morning Bell: No Bureaucrat Left Behind

    Did you know that it is Education Month in the Obama White House? Neither did we. But apparently it is, and accordingly the President crossed the Potomac yesterday to visit an elementary school in Arlington, Virginia, where he pushed for reauthorization of the unpopular No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program. … More

    Washington's Education Policy Divide: Empower Parents or Bureaucracy?

    During a speech at an Arlington middle school earlier today, President Obama pushed for a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the federal government’s largest involvement in K-12 education. According to the Associated Press: President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to rewrite the nation’s governing education law in … More

    Not So Fast, Secretary Duncan

    In Monday’s Washington Post, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was confident that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), will be reauthorized this year, arguing that “few areas are more suited for bipartisan action than education reform.” But Duncan should take a step back … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Stand Up to the National Standards Agenda

    Last year, GM CEO Rick Wagoner “voluntarily” stepped aside when Washington took over his company. BP is “voluntarily” setting up a $20 billion escrow account. And now, states are being pushed to “voluntarily” adopt national education standards and tests. It all began when the Obama administration used its $4.35 billion … More