Bipartisanship Is Back on No Child Left Behind

Posted February 18, 2010 at 10:11am

Across-the-aisle coordination may be all but dead when it comes to jobs and health care reform legislation, but members of both parties are teaming up when it comes to rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law, perhaps President George W. Bush’s most significant bipartisan legislation.

The bipartisan effort was announced Thursday by House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), ranking member John Kline (R-Minn.), and Reps. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) and Mike Castle (R-Del.), the chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

“Today, we’re announcing a bipartisan, open and transparent effort to rewrite No Child Left Behind — a law that we all agree is in need of major reform,” the quartet said in a joint statement. They plan a series of hearings and are soliciting comments through March 26 at the e-mail address: eseacomments@mail.house.gov.