Sunday, November 07, 2010

Insiders Ask: Can K-12 Dodge Congressional Gridlock?

By Alyson Klein | Ed Week
November 5, 2010

Now that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives and bolstered their minority in the U.S. Senate, it remains to be seen if education is one area of federal policy that can avoid the partisan stalemate that many observers predict will paralyze Washington for the next two years.

Republicans and Democrats famously came together to pass the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. That law, the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, placed new accountability demands on schools and authorized more federal spending on education. Its renewal has been pending since 2007.

In his postelection news conference, President Barack Obama cited education as one of a handful of areas for possible cooperation.

“I think everybody in this country thinks that we’ve got to make sure our kids are equipped in terms of their education, their science background, their math backgrounds, to compete in this new global economy,” Mr. Obama told reporters Nov. 3. “And that’s going to be an area where I think there’s potential common ground.”

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