No Child Left Behind falls short 10 years later

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of President George W. Bush’s signing of the No Child Left Behind education law. The law was cast as a symbol of possibility. It offered the promise of improved schools for poor and minority kids, and students who were better prepared to compete in the world. But Bush’s most hyped domestic accomplishment has become a symbol to many of federal overreach and Congress’ inability to fix something that’s clearly flawed. The law forced schools to confront the uncomfortable reality that many kids simply weren’t learning. But the law has become known primarily for its emphasis on standardized tests and the labeling of thousands of schools as “failures.”

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