October 09, 2015 05:19 pm
This week brought another big change in the nation’s capital, following the resignations of House Speaker John Boehner and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy announced yesterday that he is dropping out of the race for House speaker. He was thought to be Boehner’s natural successor, making this a surprising turn of events. The news came shortly after the House Freedom Caucus, a collection of about forty very conservative Republicans, endorsed U.S. Representative Daniel Webster for speaker. The endorsement of Webster means that McCarthy would have fallen short of the 218 votes needed to win the spot. In the meantime, Boehner has said that he will remain on the job until the new speaker is elected.
In the education world, the question is yet again, what impact does this development have on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)?