Not happy about getting half the country mad at the other half with his health monstrosity, President Obama now is preparing to turn federal education policy upside down.
WASHINGTON--The Obama administration plans to upend how the government measures and encourages success in the country's public schools as part of a sweeping proposal to rewrite President George W. Bush's signature No Child Left Behind law.
The administration's blueprint, which would cast aside many of the core principles of the 2002 Bush law, kicks off what is sure to be months of heated debate in Congress over how to recalibrate the federal government's role in the nation's 98,000 public elementary and high schools. The administration unveiled the plan Saturday, and immediately sparked disagreement over the direction of federal education policy.
The No Child Left Behind Act was a federal intrusion into state and local schools systems that was bound to fail. At least Obama's new plan gives lip service to the idea that one size doesn't fit all. And another improvement is measurement of individual student progress instead of class progress.