ESEA reauthorization a little bit at a time

For at least four years now, the enormity of
ESEA/NCLB reauthorization has proven too large for lawmakers to swallow. Now,
however, the House Education Committee is hinting at an alternative approach:
grazing. Instead of tackling all 600-plus pages of ESEA in one sitting, GOP
legislators are addressing specific issues associated with it, introducing
smaller, bite-sized bills instead. The first was introduced in the House this
week by Duncan Hunter (R-CA). It calls for eliminating forty-three K-12
education programs—each of which had either already lost funding, been slated
for consolidation by Obama’s own proposal, or were never funded from the
get-go. Such cuts won’t change the world (or the budget outlook) too much, but they’re
a start. And with House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline
hinting for months that he’d prefer to attack ESEA in a piecemeal manner, this
new approach has some powerful backers. Despite Secretary Duncan’s clinging to
a comprehensive reauthorization package, until broad consensus can be reached,
legislators will be smart to keep nibbling away.

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House
Bill Calls for Eliminating 43 Education Programs
,” by Alyson Klein, Education Week: Politics: K-12, May 13,
2011.

Outlines
of ESEA’s Future Emerging on Capitol Hill
,” by Alyson Klein, Education Week: Politics: K-12, May 13,
2011.

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