ERIC Number: EJ968955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Obama's NCLB Waivers: Are They Necessary or Illegal?
Derthick, Martha; Rotherham, Andy
Education Next, v12 n2 p56-61 Spr 2012
President Obama sparked much debate in Washington with his plan to grant states waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), conditional on their willingness to embrace certain reform proposals sketched out in the administration's March 2010 proposal, "A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act." State leaders have cheered the president's decision to offer them much-needed relief from onerous requirements. Key Republican leaders, including Senators Lamar Alexander (TN) and Marco Rubio (FL), and Texas governor Rick Perry, have blasted the move as overstepping executive authority. Is the president right to issue conditional waivers? Are the conditions themselves a good idea? In this forum, Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham weigh in. Derthick is professor emerita of government at the University of Virginia and coauthor of the legal beat column for "Education Next." Rotherham is a former White House aide to President Clinton, former member of the Virginia state board of education, cofounder of Bellwether Education, and columnist for "Time" magazine.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Presidents, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Accountability, Education, Personal Narratives, Politics of Education, Educational Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; No Child Left Behind Act 2001