Sure, compared to what's been happening with the Walter Reed Medical Center, Scooter Libby, the FBI, and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the problems ringing U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings might look mild. Still, it hasn't been the greatest six months for Spellings and her team at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). And now, with the No Child Left Behind Act coming up for renewal in a Congress controlled by Democrats, Spellings' prospects aren't apt to get much brighter.

In fact, I'm tempted to feel sorry for those at ED these days--especially the ones in charge of overseeing

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