Expect to hear no mention of NCLB at the Republican convention. Education Week reports that the GOP is split between support for federal accountibility measures and rejection of a strong federal role in education, a more traditional Republican party position. John McCain is not taking sides in this split.
“The biggest challenge within the Republican Party is really how much of a role should Washington continue to play,” said Eugene W. Hickok, who served as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Education earlier in President Bush’s tenure. Hickock, who was a tough policeman for NCLB, and who antagonized state officials trying to modify the strictures to fit their realities, said that "NCLB is a damaged brand."