A Week of Reversals (NCLB News)

From the USDE’s ruling on North Dakota to the school that canceled its spelling bee to the House investigation of the Armstrong Williams scandal, it was a week of dramatic reversals.

First, the USDE reversed itself on whether ND elementary school teachers were highly qualified: Delegation wins administration reversal (The Conservative Voice), NCLB teacher decision pleases district (Devil's Lake Daily Journal).

Who knew that two Democratic senators (one of them already targeted by the opposition) could get it done? Dorgan may push for repeal of NCLB (Bismarck Tribune).

Then, the school district that canceled its spelling bee “because of” NCLB decided that, oops, maybe that wasn’t necessary: Administrators thought it violated 'No Child Left Behind' (WorldNetDaily).

Last but not least, on Thursday the House Republicans decided that maybe they won’t investigate the Armstrong Williams pundit payola scandal: Inside baseball (Eduwonk). This comes just days after Secretary Spellings finally addressed the issue in the USAT (above).

Best of the Rest:

Proposal to bolster lower-rated schools Boston Globe
Michigan teachers lack feedback The Detroit News
Board to offer assistance to some schools Kentucky.com
Picking Tests To Drop Won't Be Easy Houston Chronicle
NC to raise bar for high school students The News & Observer
Deal with state keeps kids in CPS tutoring Chicago Sun-Times
Schools' tutor program must change Philadelphia Inquirer
School Violence & NCLB : Best Practices to Keep Kids Safe
Student arrests test rules of a post-Columbine world CSM
The Children NCLB Will Leave Behind Substance via EdNews


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