Obama Administration seeks to overhaul No Child Left Behind

The New  York Times reports:

The Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as well as for the elimination of the law’s 2014 deadline for bringing every American child to academic proficiency…

[The] administration is not planning to abandon the law’s commitments to closing the achievement gap between minority and white students and to encouraging teacher quality…
[The] White House wants to change federal financing formulas so that a portion of the money is awarded based on academic progress, rather than by formulas that apportion money to districts according to their numbers of students, especially poor students. The well-worn formulas for distributing tens of billions of dollars in federal aid have, for decades, been a mainstay of the annual budgeting process in the nation’s 14,000 school districts…

The changes would have to be approved by Congress, which has been at a stalemate for years over how to change the policy.

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