From left, Janet Barresi, Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction; Gary Amoroso, Lakeville, Minn., schools superintendent; Yohance Maqubela, CFO of Howard University Middle School of Math and Science; and Terry Grier, superintendent of Houston Independent School District, testify Thursday before a House panel on education reform. Mr. Grier said that lawmakers must find a "careful blend of accountability with flexibility" in those reforms. (Associated Press)

From left, Janet Barresi, Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction; Gary Amoroso, Lakeville, Minn., schools superintendent; Yohance Maqubela, CFO of Howard University Middle School of Math and Science; and Terry Grier, superintendent of Houston Independent School District, testify Thursday before a House panel on education reform. Mr. Grier said that lawmakers must find a "careful blend of accountability with flexibility" in those reforms. (Associated Press)