Jul 29 2015

Navigating Congress’ Major Overhaul of ‘No Child Left Behind’

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GUEST: Diane Ravitch, Education Historian and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, and her latest best-seller, ‘Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools’.

The GOP-dominated House and Senate are currently overhauling public education in a manner that could have far reaching impacts. The House already passed a version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would rewrite many aspects of the bill which was reincarnated under the George W. Bush administration as “No Child Left Behind.”

The House bill, which narrowly passed in early July, enables what conservatives like to call “school choice,” but also includes a mechanism for parents to opt their children out of standardized tests. The Senate version of the bill diverges from the House version significantly, and is the result of a compromise with Democrats. It passed in mid-July, and will now have to be reconciled with the House version in a Conference committee before President Obama signs it into law.

But how much attention do lawmakers pay to what actually happens in public schools, when they craft such bills?

Read Ravitch’s blog at www.dianeravitch.net.

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