Two big takeaways are the substantial misalignment on the issues between reformers, the admin, and Congress on some key issues. But data for pro-and anti-reform types to take comfort in. Systemic reform more likely to have support than some of the leading-edge reforms. In other words, one plausible reason No Child Left Behind is still in place is because it’s pretty widely credited among those in positions of influence. Specifically:
- Insiders believe we may not see a final ESEA bill until the end of 2011, but more than 40% believe it could be 2012 or later.
- There is less support in Congress for advancing charter schools, Common Core Standards, and other reforms in ESEA then many advocates have assumed.
- Insiders believe there is more support in Congress for Supplemental Education Services and online learning then what the conventional wisdom has suggested.
- More than 90% of the Insiders believe that the Recovery Act funds actually slowed the pace for reauthorization.
- More than 80% of Insiders approve of the Obama Administration’s handling of education issues.