Harkin: Bill to revise 'No Child' to reach Senate floor in 2012
Speaking of the terrible Enzi-Harkin bill that would gut NCLB and virtually all accountability, it's been delayed into 2012, which is this isn't getting a lot of press, but it's BIG news. Kudos to the Obama administration for once again standing strong:
An education bill that would abolish the most-criticized portions of No Child Left Behind will likely not reach the Senate floor until next year, Sen. Tom Harkin said Friday.
Harkin, in Iowa to tour the Downtown School in Des Moines, also said school performance standards and teacher evaluations will likely be added to satisfy concerns from House Republicans and the Obama administration.
…critics say the bill doesn't go far enough in demanding high standards from all schools. Last month, more than 20 groups, ranging from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, signed a letter of opposition, because the bill requires student achievement and graduation goals from only the lowest-performing schools.
"In schools which aren't among the states' very worst performing, huge numbers of low-achieving students will slip through the cracks," the letter said.