Washington corner: Rebuilding ESEA with the tools of regulation

Lauren Gibbs examines upcoming changes in federal policies

THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT of 1965 (ESEA) is supposed to be renewed and revised through the congressional reauthorization process every six years. Eight years ago, that reauthorization came in the form of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). When the law expired in 2007, there was only a fleeting interest in undertaking a laborious reauthorization, and ESEA has since been operating under a “continuing resolution.”

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February 2010