WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who's been nominated to be the new
education secretary says the No Child Left Behind law should stop
punishing schools in which just a handful of kids are struggling.
Arne Duncan says in some cases, kids who have
disabilities or who are learning English might struggle, while the
rest of the students make gains. But the education law requires
progress across every group in a school.
At his Senate confirmation hearing today, Duncan said, "Let's
not take too blunt an instrument to an entire school."
Barack Obama has promised to overhaul No Child Left Behind, but
he's been vague about just how far he'll go.
School reform advocates who want to keep the law have been
encouraged by the choice of Duncan to head the Department of
Education. He's run Chicago's public schools for the past seven