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Media: Who Covered Yesterday's House NCLB Markup Best?

Today is one of those opportunities to try and see how different outlets match up against each other covering the same event.  Or, well, it should be.  But the Washington Post doesn't seem to have covered the event, which is a bit of surprise given their two-member national education reporting team. (No surprise really that the NYT didn't bother, or will publish something in a day or two.)

Over all, the coverage seemed fine, if basic in terms of insights and context:

Politico's morning email (What You Missed At Markup) includes a few useful tidbits (and links to their paid story), noting that the markup took 10 hours and that most of the two dozen amendments were rebuffed and the bill passed along party lines. Senator Alexander is delighted.  Secretary Duncan is not. There's a link to the paid story but I'm not a subscriber -- I'm not even sure if they sent someone or bothered to live-tweet (but I'm checking).

The AP story (Committee Sends Partisan Education Bill to House) by Kimberly Hefling focuses among other things on the limits to EdSec Duncan in the bill. "House Republican leaders view the bill as a way to make clear their opposition to the Obama administration's encouragement of the Common Core state standards." But it's spot coverage, not detailed event coverage or analysis (not AP's thing). 

EdWeek's writeup (House Education Committee Approves NCLB Rewrite on Party-Line Vote) by Lauren Camera notes that the bill would limit federal involvement in education decisions and lists the outcome of each amendment offered to the underlying bill. None of the Democrats' amendments were adopted, we learn, and the issue of private school vouchers came up. Overtesting amendments went down, too.  This was the most comprehensive of the writeups.

Some other observations: Live-tweeting may be dead in the age of the video live-stream. Ditto for event-based hashtags, it seems. @PoliticsK12 didn't even bother to hashtag their updates. There was a reasonably active live-tweeting that took place during the long day, including updates from PoliticsK12 as well as advocates and think tank folks like Anne Hyslop (Bellwether), Penn Hill Group, the EdTrust, Mary Kusler (NEA), Michele McLaughlin (Knowledge Alliance) and Noelle Ellerson (AASA). Cheryl Sattler (EthicaLLC) provided some great color commentary off the live-stream, which I greatly appreciated. 

I'm not saying I could have done any better -- I have the attention span of an ant and (as I wrote about yesterday) I don't know the current committee staffers who might offer interesting tidbits or whose body language might reveal secrets.  I can't claim to have seen every outlet's stories -- Politico may have done a great job -- and may have missed pieces that have come out since my morning roundup (NYT, Washington Post, USA Today?). Let me know if you see those and I'll update. 


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