Thanks a ton to a brave reader for sending in the Miller memo to House freshmen from earlier this month, which outlines where things are (or were) on the House majority side at least. As you can see, the two-page memo (PDF) dated July 7 outlines nine key proposals and asks for feedback. The proposals range from the obvious (“Allow states to use growth models that recognize progress over time,” improve test quality, prioritize schools with the most problems) to the highly controversial (“Allow states to use more than test scores to measure student learning and school performance”) to the ho-hum (“Address the high school dropout crisis and take comprehensive steps to turn around low-performing high schools,” increase funding, etc.). This explains some of the recent weeks’ twists and turns, including the new left-right coalition to save NCLB and -- most obviously -- the Friday the 13th letter to Chairman Miller from concerned parties.
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