President Bush's one big bipartisan legislative accomplishment will be up for reauthorization in 2007.
Alexander Russo at This Week in Education sees an "unholy alliance" between liberal critics of No Child Left Behind such as Gerald Bracey and conservative critics such as Checker Finn.
Andrew Rotherham at Eduwonk.com offers an "NCLB Tip Sheet" giving the odds on possible outcomes of the debate. Neither Bracey nor Finn will be pleased. The best odds are on "no reauthorization until after the 2008 election." And it's 35-1 against "National Education Association reasserts itself and rewrites the law to its liking."
It should be a boom year for education pundits, dueling researchers, heart-rending stories, and the like. How would you change the law, if at all?