Politicians are notorious for supporting anything the people support and opposing anything the people oppose. They think themselves good politicians for that, but flags blow with the winds, too, and no one is electing flags, yet.
Anyway, now that the No Child Left Behind reports are out and so many schools are in trouble, it seems the people who voted it in so overwhelmingly (Senate: 87-10; House: 381-41) are suddenly having second thoughts.
As I said a few days ago, watch as the standards are now lowered. It's the way the wind is blowing today.