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Campbell Brown: 'Striking Right Balance' Key to Education Reform

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(AP) Campbell Brown in Manchester, New Hampshire on Aug. 19.

By    |   Friday, 21 Aug 2015 10:40 PM

Congressional lawmakers grappling with a reform bill to rewrite the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act will have to overcome "sticking points" over accountability and charter schools, former CNN reporter and education activist Campbell Brown tells Newsmax TV.

In an interview with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner, Brown, whose group 74 Million conducted a National Education Summit in Manchester, New Hampshire, earlier this week, says "striking the right balance" will be the key to passage of the reform bill.

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The House and Senate are currently in negotiations to merge two differing education bills to rewrite No Child Left Behind; both chambers passed versions last month.

Both versions would significantly lessen the federal role in the nation's public schools, maintain annual tests while giving states the power to determine how they're used. And And both say the Education Department may not mandate or give states incentives to adopt or maintain any particular set of standards, such as Common Core.

"There are two sticking points … and one is about the accountability piece" of the reform, she said, adding that an amendment introduced in the Senate by Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Chris Murphy of Connecticut aims to ensure disadvantaged students are making progress in troubled schools.

"You wonder whether or not President Obama will sign the bill if there's not some sort of accountability measure in there," Brown said. "So that's a sticking point."

She said a second issue with the reform bill involves the demand by conservative lawmakers who want "federal money that's going to poorer kids … be available for vouchers and for charters and to give parents more choices."

"We'll see what sort of compromise they end up with," she said, adding "a lot of people were amazed they got as far as they did."

"The fact that they're here now makes you hope that they will put in the needed improvements to keep us headed on the right path and that they won't undo too much of the things frankly that were working with No Child Left Behind," Brown said.

"You want to get the right balance but they seem to be serious about trying to get this done."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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