By Robert Rothman
If you want to see education policy in the next few years, look to state capitols, not Washington, D.C. Negotiators for the U.S. House and Senate have agreed on a framework to revise the main federal education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, that would give more authority to states. The current version of the law, the No Child Left Behind Act, created a federal system of testing and accountability, and many educators and policy makers contended that that law was too constraining and created some harmful side-effects. The new framework, if approved by Congress and the president, would largely restore the system that existed prior to NCLB, in which states had greater authority over their testing and accountability systems.