Leave ‘No Child’ behind
The federal government’s No Child Left Behind experiment has failed, and at great cost. Rather than reincarnate the program, Washington should return the money to the states, where parents and local educators are best positioned to set education standards and policies for meeting them.
President George W. Bush no doubt had good intentions when he greatly expanded the federal role in education on the grounds that America was falling behind its foreign competitors in preparing its children for the 21st century. But “No Child” hasn’t delivered the results it promised.