The U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act by 85-12 (less than NCLB’s 87-10), sending it to President Obama for his signature.
Amid the mutual bipartisan backslapping there are a few naysayers, most prominently at the Washington Post and The Atlantic. Everyone agrees that the new law shifts power from the federal government to the states and local school districts. That’s a principle to get behind.
But who’s best situated to take advantage of that shift? The National Education Association, in an off-year for elections, has $45 million sitting in its Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises Fund, just waiting to be spread around to ensure each state’s accountability and teacher quality actions mirror the union’s positions.
The new era in public education may look like the old era of backroom politics.