Civil Rights Groups to Congress: Current Education Policy ‘Is Causing Real Harm’

By Jan Resseger

Congress is considering an eight-years overdue reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), whose most recent version we call No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A couple of weeks ago, debate on a House Republican version broke down just before a scheduled vote on the House floor. Many have speculated that the cancelled House vote portends that Congress cannot find consensus on this complicated and politically polarizing piece of legislation. After all, Congress has tried for a reauthorization twice before on the current NCLB version and failed both times.