- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Education Committee said Wednesday they plan to have a reauthorization bill for No Child Left Behind to President Obama by late summer and that it would include broad changes, including possibly renaming the landmark education-reform legislation to “Every Child Counts.”

The new name was proposed by Democrat Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The proposals follow the State of Union address Tuesday night in which Mr. Obama said he wanted to “replace,” not fix No Child Left Behind.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in a conference call with reporters, said the administration is not “dialing back” on the president’s statement and that the White House and Congress are moving “in the same direction.”

Mr. Harkin attempted to clarify the remarks by asking whether fixing a flat tire is really fixing a car.

“Certainly [NCLB] will be called something different,” said Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, the committee’s ranking Republican.

He said bad feelings are associated with the legislation, which has been criticized for focusing too much on testing and being run too much by Washington.

Mr. Enzi suggested the new name could revert to something like the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”


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