Last week, a spokesman for the House Education and Labor Committee told me NCLB probably wouldn’t clear the House in 2007.
Now, the prospects in the Senate are fading as well.
On Friday, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued a statement saying that he and Chairman Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., agreed they should continue working on the bill rather than push one through to meet an “arbitrary deadline,” according to this Associated Press story.
Also last week, Sen. Kennedy told the Washington Post that NCLB won’t reach the Senate floor until 2008. The Post story also covers a lot of ground on the unusual alliance between Sen. Kennedy and the president.
Today, Melissa Wagoner, Sen. Kennedy’s spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, said in an e-mail to me that the panel still may mark up a bill this year. But, she added, the committee’s work on the bill is more likely to be next year.
A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.