U.S. Department of Education

Time for a stronger No Child Left Behind

Time for a stronger No Child Left Behind

Here are two things that should seem obvious about the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the George W. Bush-era law that for the last 14 years has, for both better and worse, been pushing schools to improve education for disadvantaged students: One is that the nation's schools have waited far too long for a new version. The law itself has all but collapsed, and it has been replaced by a complicated and problematic system in which states are given waivers from some of its requirements. The U.S. Department of Education's sometimes clumsy policymaking has led to widespread upheaval and a congressional revolt against federal control over schools. Today, Congress is closer to a...