Tuesday, September 2, 2008

GOP May Back Away from NCLB

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."

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