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“Storm” Looming Over Washington, DC Could Impact Nation’s Schoolchildren

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December 02, 2011 05:52 pm

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In the video to the left, Alliance President Bob Wise explains how competing “storms” around education reform in Washington, DC, could impact the educational futures of the nation’s schoolchildren.

In this “weather report,” Gov. Wise discusses two looming “storm” systems. The first, led by President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is focused on providing waivers and greater flexibility to states from key requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act. The other, underway in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, is about rewriting No Child Left Behind, but will require Democrats and Republicans working together on a compromise.

In the coming weeks, Gov. Wise will report on whether the Senate and House of Representatives can come together on a bill that could be sent to the White House and outflank the waiver option. “If no agreement is made, then the waiver option could overwhelm the Congress, pushing them out of the picture completely and controlling the education atmosphere in Washington, DC until after the next presidential election,” Wise says.

Learn more in the Alliance’s federal policy news section.

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