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No one has been more disheartened by the breakdown of bipartisanship in Washington than the staff at The Education Trust. … But even as hyper-partisanship has taken over almost everything, I’ve remained hopeful that Congress could still find its way back to cross-party cooperation that was the hallmark of federal education policy since the 1960s.

That hope disappeared this week. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. — as much the “lion” of the House on education matters that Ted Kennedy was in the Senate, and, like Kennedy, a man with an enormous body of bipartisan work — announced his planned retirement after 40 years in the House of Representatives.  …

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