Blog: The Educated Reporter

NCLB: Things Get Ugly

The Senate’s markup session of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was suspended yesterday by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, much to the dismay of many. Although, after four years of assorted delays, could a few more days really make a difference?

While Congress does its work, not everyone is waiting for federal regulations to change before taking big steps toward reform. The Boston Herald had a nice piece Thursday about states revamping education policies regardless of whether they’re getting a slice of the Race To The Top pie.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico are all in the hunt for the early learning grant challenge. (Click here to read what I wrote about the initiative in a prior blog post.)

As someone who spends quite a bit of time obsessing over whether my tax return was filled out correctly, I find stories like this one particularly distressing. The Washington Post reports that “According to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration set for release Thursday, 1.7 million taxpayers received $2.6 billion in education credits that appear to be erroneous based on IRS records.”

I’d like end this week with some good news from the education front. Got any to share?