Old meta-theme from the media about No Child Left Behind: It’s much too inflexible and unfair for states and schools.
New meta-theme from the media about No Child Left Behind: Wait a minute, the states and schools are up to something here!
Aside from the story overall, two things jump out. First, will Spellings as Captain Renault fly? She can’t really be surprised about this since it all happened on her watch. Second, related, when Dave Shreve of the National Conference of State Legislatures says in the story that Spellings “inherited a disaster,” is he just sucking up? She’s been there from day one and stage managed a lot of this from the White House before she became Secretary.