Last week The New York Times published two interesting pieces about the U.S. Congressional debate over reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Specifically, in an article titled "Teachers and Rights Groups Oppose Education Measure," Diana Jean Schemo reported on hearings in the House Education Committee during which representatives from teachers unions and civil rights groups discussed their reservations about the proposed renewal of NCLB. Schemo provides a brief recap of the participants and their positions.
The following day, the paper published an editorial titled "What’s Good for Children," in which it explicates the position set forth by the president of the Business Roundtable when he addressed the House Education Committee last week.
If, with students back in the classroom, you were caught in the rush of the new school year and weren’t able to follow the hearings, I recommend reading the two New York Times pieces for a review of the debate, before the article and editorial slip into the pay-per-view TimesSelect.