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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Open Left: No Child Left Behind Leaves All Children Behind

Excerpted from this post at Open Left

Tom Vilsack, who has been a very strong opponent of the bill for
years, wrote this great post about NCLB... 'As Congress resumes its work
after the August recess the nation's attention will be drawn to the
civil war in Iraq and who the next Attorney General ought to be.
However, perhaps the most important work for the long term good of the
nation may well be the debate over the reauthorization of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Efforts will be made to
improve on the effort of the Congress and the Bush administration when
5 years ago the Act was reauthorized under the banner of "No Child
Left Behind". Unfortunately, the last effort left not just our
children behind but our values as well. What is the purpose of public
education? Simple - every child should have what they need to realize
their talents and to contribute in a meaningful way to their community
and nation.'

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