The announcement of regulatory flexibility for No Child Left Behind from Washington has caused quite a stir. Bipartisan critisims of the Duncan plan and critique from education reformers and special interest groups abound. Some object to the Department of Education infringing on law-making responsibilities that belong to Congress, others object to the idea of attaching reform conditions on regulatory relief. Still others are worried that the conditions will weaken the law’s accountability structures.
For a full account of the “showdown,” see Andrew Rotherham’s article in Time magazine: