Our new Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to fix our education woes by, wait for it:
“Let’s rebrand it,” he said in an interview. “Give it a new name.”
How about the We Still Don't Know How to Spend the Money Effectively Act?
That gets right at the heart of the matter. It also implies a solution: find out how to spend the money effectively.
This seems to me like the logical starting point. So, who knows of any federal programs with the goal of finding out what predictably works backed by evidence?