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Posted - 12/02/2009 07:53am
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Duncan Aims to Make Incentives Key Element of ESEA

Duncan Aims to Make Incentives Key Element of ESEA

By Alyson Klein

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday that he envisions a significant new emphasis on federal incentives for high-performing schools, districts, and states in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, expected to be taken up by Congress as early as next year.

Mr. Duncan said the Department of Education is considering proposals that would offer increased autonomy, recognition, and resources for states that commit to adopting college- and career-readiness standards, and for schools and districts that make significant progress in student achievement.

“Under [the No Child Left Behind Act] there are basically no incentives. There was nothing. There are 50 ways to fail, and if you succeeded there was nothing there for you,” the secretary said in a wide-ranging interview with Education Week reporters.

He said he’d like to change that when Congress and the administration move to revamp the ESEA, whose current version is the No Child Left Behind law. The law was originally slated for reauthorization in 2007.

“Whether it’s additional resources, whether it’s greater flexibility on additional resources, whether it’s shining a spotlight on them, … there’s a whole package of things” the next version of the law could include to reward excellence, Mr. Duncan said.

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