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Congress and Education Reform

Thursday, October 7, 2010

By Chester Finn & Michael Petrilli

We’ve previously noted our doubts about congressional Republicans when it comes to education reform. They don’t have much of an agenda, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan co-opted much of what they had. They’re mostly MIA on the whole issue. To the extent that they’re focusing on it at all, they hint at atavistic yearnings for states’ rights and local control, despite ample evidence that those don’t often yield good results for kids.

Deep breath. The problem is that the prospect of the Democrats retaining control of Congress is at least as unpromising and arguably worse.

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