The Senate education committee has approved a bill that would involve significant changes to the current version of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The bill proposes loosening accountability requirements and absolving states of having to set annual, measurable goals. Has accountability become less of a priority in striving for academic success? No, not really. My best guess is that people in Congress are disillusioned by the previous failure to meet the accountability standards in the last version of the law and, this time around, they're feeling a bit gun-shy. The bill would also reduce the federal government's role in education, including consolidating a number of federal programs.
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