NCLB’s prospects for 2008 appear to be fading. Even Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has her doubts the law will be reauthorized this year.
“I hope that it will get done. I don’t know. But I certainly am not going to put all my eggs in that basket,” Spellings said last week during her visit to Austin, Texas.
Spellings joins Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., in questioning whether NCLB will pass this year. He said last week the situation “doesn’t look very favorable.”
Back in January, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., told people he was working on a bill that he believed the teacher unions would support and President Bush would sign. Kennedy’s committee would mark up a bill in March, the word was. March is here, and Congress usually recesses for Easter. The clock is ticking.
A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.