Late last week the House quietly pulled a bill to reauthorize the George W. Bush-era education law known as No Child Left Behind until 2021. NCLB is frequently cited as one of the biggest failures of the Bush administration, and as Heritage expert Lindsey Burke has pointed out, the bill proposed by the House missed several opportunities to advance meaningful reforms.
The withdrawal of the legislation, which Burke dubbed “No Program Left Behind,” is a win for education freedom. It shows the power conservative ideas can have — despite what we hear from the progressives and the establishment.
What’s the alternative? Burke has a suggestion: “Conservatives in Congress should pursue the A-PLUS approach in order to restore educational decision making to state and local leaders, who are better positioned to make informed decisions about the needs of their school communities. ”
Do you think stopping NCLB reauthorization was a success for the conservative movement?