Happy Friday! Read through three bills and still want more on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act?
Check out these good reads:
•Want a super-smart wonktastic, but also totally readable recap of the Senate Democrats’ ESEA bill? Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation, has got you covered. And so does the Quick and the Ed’s Chad Aldeman. Meanwhile, Mike Petrilli of Flypaper fame does a good job of giving the center-right take on the bill.
•Speaking of the bills, if you’ve read this very detailed summary of Kline’s legislation you might have noticed that the bill would require the U.S. Department of Education to make all peer reviewers (for things like waivers) public. Clearly someone on the Hill was reading this vintage Transparency Watch by my co-blogger, Michele McNeil.
•And one of the most key architects of the No Child Left Behind Act—former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings—is heading on back to Texas to become president of the George W. Bush Foundation. Eduwonk’s Andy Rotherham has the goods, including an interview with Spellings where she reflects back on her experiences in D.C.—including what she’ll miss least about Washington (the answer is gridlock, but not the kind you’re probably thinking about.)
•Student loans and student loans some more. The Senate failed to pass a two-year extension of the current loan rate of 3.4 percent. That means we’re back to square one, with less than a month before the rate jumps up to 6.8 percent. More here. Political issue, meaningful debate over college access, or both?