The law's many loopholes allow and encourage educators to cheat. It says that everyone has to be proficient by 2014 but lets states decide what constitutes proficiency. This is an invitation to deceive.
On Monday, Obama called on Congress to revamp the "No Child Left Behind" education law by the time students start a new school year in September. Spellings and I discussed the way forward for U.S. education policy and reform efforts.
We do not need to "wait for Superman" to turn American education around and provide all America's children a high quality education. The 112th Congress can and must save the day by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
On Tuesday, the President will deliver his State of the Union Address. In all likelihood, education will be a prominent consideration, sparking a national debate and setting the cogs of Congress into motion.