Chairman Kline warns about Duncan’s education reform plan

Chairman Kline warns about Duncan’s education reform plan
Monday, June 13, 2011 12:00 AM
Associated Press, Grand Forks Herald

The chairman of the U.S. House education committee is warning that Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to issue more temporary waivers to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law could backfire.

MINNEAPOLIS — The chairman of the U.S. House education committee is warning that Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to issue more temporary waivers to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law could backfire.

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., says the approach Duncan presented over the weekend could result in more regulations and confusion for schools. Kline also worries it could undermine long-term reforms.

Duncan says he will give schools relief from federal mandates in the No Child Left Behind law if Congress doesn’t quickly approve an overhaul.

Duncan wants the bill finished by the time classes resume in the fall. Kline says his committee won’t be done by then.

Duncan is predicting that 82 percent of the nation’s schools will be labeled as failures next year if nothing changes.

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