White House aims to revamp education law by summer

The Obama administration set a goal on Feb. 17 of revamping the federal No Child Left Behind education law before students start the next school year in the fall, a timeframe likely to clash with the priorities of congressional Republicans, the Associated Press reports. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the Bush-era law needs to be more flexible, and in some cases must reduce Washington’s role in setting education standards. In an interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said he hopes a fresh federal law can be passed by the time lawmakers leave for their summer break. “We would love to have it done by the August recess before students and teachers go back to school in the fall,” Duncan said. To reach that goal, the White House will have to persuade GOP lawmakers to move reauthorization of the law up on their priority list. The “Pledge to America,” which the House GOP released before taking power in the November elections, never mentioned education, and House Speaker John Boehner has made it clear that his focus is on jobs and the economy…

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