Considering what a botch Washington has already made of education, this is a small comfort:
Both candidates - Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama - have been quick to clarify that education is still a concern, especially considering that NCLB will have to be renewed - with changes, both agree - during the next administration. But they admit it's something that is not at the forefront of most Americans' minds.
“I hope that they either make a lot of changes at the federal level or scrap it and start from scratch,” said Joe Nichols, IPFW School of Education department chairman.
Actually, the best thing to do would be to scrap it, then do nothing. Leave education to the state and local levels. I might trust the feds to run a computer program keeping track of innovative programs around the country worth studying and possibly imitating. Might.