Sunday, March 06, 2005

Business Week articles

Business Week's March 14 issue has this interview with Margaret Spellings which is significant only because she managed to say nothing even remotely new or interesting yet again. God she's good at that.

But they also ran this article about the fledgling effort to expand NCLB to high school. Money quote:

Prominent pro-reform Democrats, including Kennedy and Representative George Miller of California, are unwilling to team up with Bush again, burned by what they view as a gaping $39 billion shortfall in funding for No Child Left Behind. What's more, about 50 conservative House Republicans, many of whom reluctantly backed Bush's K-8 reforms out of first-term loyalty, say they are unwilling to extend the federal reach in education. "However well-intentioned, one more unfunded mandate from Washington will not cure what ails our local schools," says Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), chair of the conservative House Republican Study Committee.

... "You have both a political problem and a funding issue," says Michael N. Castle (R-Del.), chairman of the House subcommittee on education reform. "There is insufficient support in the House of Representatives now to pass it."

Ouch. We'll see how good Spellings' much vaunted political skills really are. She'll definitely be tested on this one. I gotta tell ya, it feels weird to cheer on anything Mike Pence says, but his quote is spot on: no unfunded mandate will fix schools. Period.


Blogger Joe Thomas said...

It's hard to say anything new or interesting when the mantra is

stay on message
stay on message
stay on message

They switch out the faces every now and then, but the song remains the same.

5:43 AM  

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