Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander’s new draft bill to reform No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is set to scale back the role of the federal government in education, possibly significantly.
For conservatives hostile to a strong federal role in education, Alexander’s proposal has a lot to be happy about, as it eliminates several federal programs, ends the burdensome requirement that states make annual progress towards proficiency, and opens the door to a reduction in annual standardized tests.
One group, however, may not be smiling in the end: opponents of Common Core. At least one supporter of the standards says that a Republican-led reform of NCLB could end up saving the controversial multistate standards.
“It would be great” for Common Core if a Republican Congress rolls back federal oversight,” said Michael Petrilli, president of the center-right Fordham Institute.
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