Kline: Voluntary Standards OK, But Federal Standards Aren’t

By Alyson Klein on February 25, 2010 10:19 AM

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee—one of the key lawmakers the administration is trying to court in its push to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with bipartisan support—said he’s withholding judgement on the administration’s proposal to make Title I funding contingent on states adopting college- and career-ready standards.

“We’ll see what that means” once more details are worked out, Kline told reporters yesterday. “In all of these cases, where we often get into a rub, is [who is setting the standards]. If the United States Department of Education is the one setting those standards … then, clearly we have some concerns. … If we came forward with national standards, you’d have a rebellion” among House Republicans.
But Kline said he supports the notion of states voluntarily working together on more rigorous, common standards. {Read more here|

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