GOP Leaving ‘No Child’ Behind

As the Obama administration considers new legislation to fix schools, House Republicans have chosen an education policy leader who is eager to turn the page on the No Child Left Behind era and roll back federal mandates for testing students.

Rep. John Kline said he wants "maximum latitude" for states on education.The ascent of Rep. John P. Kline (Minn.) last month to ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee marked a watershed. For the first time since enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002 under President George W. Bush, the top GOP member on a congressional education committee is not someone who voted for the landmark law.

Kline wasn’t even in Congress at the time. Unlike his predecessors, who gave Bush crucial support for the law, Kline said he is not committed to the core requirement of testing all students in reading and math in grades three through eight, and once more in high school. He said he wants to give states “maximum latitude.” “I’m not looking to tweak No Child Left Behind,” Kline said. “As far as I’m concerned, we ought to go in and look at the whole thing.”

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(The Washington Post 07.13.09)

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