Irony: Debt Reduction Deal Tied To Regional Education Labs
As if the debt deal wasn't already lamentably, unnecessarily bad, EdWeek's Politics K12 notes that the legislative vehicle being used to get the thing enacted is a proposal to extend the life of the regional education labs. The labs have been the subject of much criticism and reorganization over the years. (Neither pure research organizations nor direct service providers, no one's exactly sure what they do or what kind of value they add.) But a bill to restore and extend funding for the labs was in the queue and for scheduling reasons the Rules Committee needed to make the debt deal an amendment not a standalone bill.