Chairman Kline Unveils GOP Vision to Fix No Child Left Behind

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Thursday morning at AEI, U.S. Congressman John Kline (R-Minn.) explained his new education bills, which seek to bring more local control, more parent involvement and less federal intrusion to the nation's schools. Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, authored the bills in an attempt to reauthorize the widely unpopular No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. He described how the bills will give states the authority to define their own accountability systems, eliminate a highly contested provision of NCLB that dictates teacher eligibility, and offer states more flexibility to spend their federal dollars. He also assured audience member and Idaho state superintendent Tom Luna that under his bills, Washington would not dictate which standards -- such as the Common Core standards -- states must adopt. Notably, Chairman Kline's remarks come just before President Obama announces the 10 states that have been granted NCLB waivers, through which the administration is allowing states to circumvent the act's consequences. He noted that the waivers were simply a way for the president and secretary of education to get what they want.

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In recent years, we have seen a lot of hype around the need to reauthorize No Child Left Behind and to tackle its more troubling provisions. Last year, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed a bill that overhauled the law while retaining a substantial federal role. Now the Republican House is planning to introduce the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act, which call for a dramatically curtailed federal role while retaining NCLB's requirements that states annually assess and report on the performance of all students and of various demographic subgroups. Join us to hear U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, discuss the bills and take questions about them prior to their introduction in the U.S. House.

 

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Frederick M.
Hess
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.


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