With economic recovery as his priority, Obama may “tinker” with education in his first year, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Obama says he supports NCLB, but not in what form. He may let Congress take the lead in working out a consensus on reauthorization.
A man named as a possible secretary of education criticized Obama’s call for alternatives to standardized testing.
Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City schools, expressed skepticism about using alternative testing. “If you water down accountability, if success or failure depends on the eye of the beholder, you run the risk of letting down kids,” he said.
The American Federation of Teachers isn’t pushing for quick action on education. “We have to focus on the economy first,” said Randi Weingarten, the union’s president.
Education Week has more on Obama’s education plans.
By the way, after Barack and Michelle Obama toured the White House, she visited Georgetown Day School and Sidwell Friends, both elite private schools.