The U.S. Senate and House of Representative both continue efforts to write the country’s first comprehensive education legislation since "No Child Left Behind" expired back in 2007. Both Republican-led chambers are at work on measures that address various issues: educational accountability, local versus federal authority and school choice among others. The Senate measure is scheduled to go before the Education committee today. U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan is an influential critic of some features of these measures.
Duncan has recently expressed concerns for Michigan and other states over how the reforms could affect the future of federal Title I funding. That’s the federal money that goes to local school districts to help at-risk and low-income students.
Current State host Mark Bashore speaks with Department of Education Secretary Duncan about the separate proposals in the House and the Senate.