After a decade of living with the No Child Left Behind Act, there is wide, bipartisan consensus that this law governing so much of the federal role in education needs to change. With reauthorization still stalled in Congress, however, the Obama Administration offered states a deal—freedom from some of NCLB’s prescriptions in return for alignment with the Education Department’s current reform priorities. Already this month, eleven states were freed from some of the strictures of NCLB; dozens more must decide by February 28 whether the benefits of Duncan-style ESEA flexibility are worth it. You’re invited to join us at the Fordham Institute on March 2 as experts with varying perspectives on this issue weigh the merits of NCLB waivers, whether the Administration struck a sound balance between “flexibility” and “reform,” and what this all means for federal education policy going forward.

Register now to join the discussion with the Department of Education's Carmel Martin, Jeremy Ayers of the Center for American Progress, Ed Week's Michele McNeil, and Fordham’s Mike Petrilli on March 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST.

Michele McNeil

Michele McNeil, assistant editor and co-author of the Politics K-12 blog, Education Week


Carmel Martin, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development, U.S. Department of Education

Jeremy Ayers, associate director for federal education programs, Center for American Progress


Michael J. Petrilli, executive vice president, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute


Chester E. Finn, Jr., president, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute