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NCLB: How Health Care Reform (and RttT) Really Affect NCLB

China_health_care_reform Last week, Andywonk posited that the failure of health care reform would make NCLB reauthorization more likely (Health Care & NCLB).  A few days earlier, Tom Vander Ark also noted the relationship between health care and school reform (Stealth Education Reform), arguing that RttT represents "pre-authorization reform" -- laying the groundwork for NCLB 2.0 while health care grinds on.

In reality, the failure of health care reform would greatly embolden Congressional Republicans and dramatically weaken any school reform efforts led by the President and Democrats in Congress.  Either way, NCLB reauthorization is likely to take place in a very different environment and process than did ARRA and RttT. It's not just gonna be Duncan and Miller in a room with their wish list.

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Agree that you have this right. What strikes me is the greatly expanded federal role envisioned in RttT: NCLB on steroids is what it is. There are terrific ideas within, but wresting more control from states and placing it in the hands of federal bureaucrats is not one of them. Healthcare and education, different topics, but same stories and Obama's political capital is being spent (and diminished) at a rapid rate. Will he have much left in the tank by the Spring of 2010 (or do they think the continued investment in advocacy by Gates will carry the day)?

It is not a health care system reform but a wealth care system reform. :)

There are terrific ideas within, but wresting more control from states and placing it in the hands of federal bureaucrats is not one of them.

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