Great headline in the Washington Post today –
Dozens in GOP Turn Against Bush’s Prized ‘No Child’ Act
The good news is that
More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate — including the House’s second-ranking Republican — will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush’s signature domestic achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act, by allowing states to opt out of its testing mandates.
The bad news is that even
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said that advocates do not intend to repeal the No Child Left Behind Act. Instead, they want to give states more flexibility to meet the president’s goals of education achievement, he said.
So even a small-government federalist like Jim DeMint isn’t willing to say that education is a family, community, or state responsibility, but not a federal responsibility. Still, weakening the mandates would be a real victory for decentralization and competition.
I particularly liked the comment from Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), author of the proposed House bill: (more…)