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Key lawmakers and educators are growing increasingly pessimistic that a massive overhaul of federal school policy can get through Congress before the 2012 election-year battles could doom the hopes for major bipartisan legislation.
Republican presidential candidates are increasingly using the federal Department of Education as a punching bag, citing it as yet another example of big government's heavy hand in local affairs.
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More than 20 states have procrastinated in meeting the No Child Left Behind law's requirement that all students reach grade-level proficiency by 2014 and will be hard-pressed to make needed improvements before the deadline, a report released today shows.
Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, said states overpromised on what they could do and how fast.
"I don't think the states will fully achieve what they promised to do, but they will make progress toward those goals," he said, noting "these are very difficult problems to solve."