While the November elections resulted in a divided government, thanks to several Republican wins, it has become clear that they have control over the House and the Senate. And while Obama begins to adjust to that reality, the objective of accomplishing an education overhaul in the months to come seems to show signs of trouble.
And we’re talking about the “No Child Left Behind” law whose renewal has been long overdue, and despite the agreement between both parties in giving both students and teachers flexibility, it seems as if the political pressures in the form of the presidential campaign that Obama will have to deal with in 2012 along with disagreements with the scope, timing and the money involved, will take a toll on his efforts to complete this daunting task that lies ahead.
Keeping this mind, the Democrats believe that this overhaul has to be completed this year (before the political campaign begins next year) whereas the Republicans want this overhaul (in small doses) to be done right and not necessarily as quickly as possible for obvious reasons.
However, it’s pretty obvious that the vision of President Bush in passing this law has failed to meet standards by improving student performance, and Obama has decided to tackle this issue by taking it head on this year when he makes the State of the Union address on January 25, 2011.
And even though, he has consistently focused on the impact of education on the U.S economy and being competitive in the market, what remains to be seen is if he continues to keep this education overhaul at the forefront in the coming months.