Education

The Washington Post Nails Story on NCLB Horse Trading

November 06, 2007 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Eduwonk has a long list of complaints about yesterday’s Washington Post NCLB story. Eduwonk’s criticisms are valid on policy grounds. But he glosses over that the story has two basic ingredients of excellent journalism.

1.) Peter Baker prods important people to say things publicly that they have said privately. He digs up telling quotes from meetings that happened in January and last week. (My favorite is from Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., on the president’s promises for NCLB funding: “I bought a horse from that man once. I’m not going to buy another horse from him.”) He reports on a conversation that the convalescing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., had with the president. He explains the most obvious reasons why NCLB reauthorization is stalled. He also shows why the unusual Bush-Kennedy-Miller alliance is fractured today. It’s not because of major disagreements about policy. It’s about broken promises—perceived or actual—about funding. As I have written on this blog before, that is the next NCLB battle. Unlike reauthorization, that fight will happen between now and the end of the year.

2.) The Post story has everyone talking. Most of my conversations yesterday with education policy folks touch on the Post story. The Post‘s Web site has a long list of bloggers who have linked to it. It even missed some (see here and here).

Did Baker miss the chance to explore the details on accountability, teacher pay, and other vital issues in reauthorization? Yes. But that’s for reporters and bloggers who focus on exclusively on policy to dig into. It’ll be nice if the Post joins us. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so in the next three years.

A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.

Events

Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Science of Reading: Emphasis on Language Comprehension
Dive into language comprehension through a breakdown of the Science of Reading with an interactive demonstration.
Content provided by Be GLAD
English-Language Learners Webinar English Learners and the Science of Reading: What Works in the Classroom
ELs & emergent bilinguals deserve the best reading instruction! The Reading League & NCEL join forces on best practices. Learn more in our webinar with both organizations.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 31, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education In Their Own Words The Stories That Stuck With Us, 2023 Edition
Our newsroom selected five stories as among the highlights of our work. Here's why.
4 min read
102523 IMSE Reading BS
Adria Malcolm for Education Week