Toward the end of her latest entry on the Building Bridges blog, Diane Ravitch reports on her inside knowledge about how much Democrats want to change NCLB. The answer is: Not much.
“The law will no doubt get a new name, but the basic structure will not be abandoned,” Ravitch writes after her meeting with a “very smart” Democratic congressman, whom she doesn’t name.
She concludes: “One wonders, if the people who have to do the implementation say that it is not working, why would Congress push ahead? But apparently they are. It is time to realize that this law, in its next iteration, will be a product of the Democratic party. My guess is that no one in Washington wants to give up the power to tell teachers what to do.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.