WASHINGTON — The Obama administration set a goal Thursday of revamping the federal No Child Left Behind education law before students start the next school year in the fall, a time frame likely to clash with the priorities of congressional Republicans.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the Bush-era law needs to be more flexible, and in some cases must reduce Washington’s role in setting education standards. In an interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said he hopes a fresh federal law can be passed by the time lawmakers leave for their summer break.
“We would love to have it done by the August recess before students and teachers go back to school in the fall,” Duncan said.
To reach that goal, the White House will have to persuade GOP lawmakers to move reauthorization of the law up on their priority list. The “Pledge to America,” which the House GOP released before taking power in the November elections, never mentioned education.
President Barack Obama met with top lawmakers on the Senate education committee at the White House on Thursday to discuss a pathway forward for the bill.