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On Education, The States Ask: Now What?

States are under the gun to meet requirements of the new federal education law. But with budget crises, new regulations and a whole lot of uncertainty, many say the road ahead is far from clear.
Source: Narciso Espiritu for NPR

The new federal education law is supposed to return to the states greater control over their public schools.

But judging from the mood recently at the annual conference of the Education Commission of the States, the states are anything but optimistic about the future, or about the new law.

The apprehension reminded me of the 1989 education summit convened by President George H.W. Bush. Back then the goal was to persuade governors to adopt a set of national education goals. All but a couple

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