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July 11, 2004
No Child Left Behind and No Taxpayer Unrobbed

Eduwonk identifies the No Child Left Behind thing as one of the big undiscussed stories in US education right now, pointing out

How President Bush's mishandling of NCLB has created a mess for his signature education law, alienated even supporters, and potentially hamstrung some school improvement efforts.

I would like to think that this is not only what is happening, but what is now seen to be happening. But that may be too optimistic, and the fear I expressed in that Samizdata piece, that Spend More Money will now make all the running, will be the truth of it, and certainly so in the short run.

In general, when a government announces that absolutely everyone ("no child left behind") in some rather-hard-to-help category of people is going to be "helped", expect trouble that they won't actually help everyone being the least of it.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:07 PM
Category: Politics

Don't believe everything you read online. Charges that the NCLB act has been 'mishandled' are politically motivated, made by teachers unions and other opponents of reform. The act mandates testing and provides money to cover the costs it imposes. An argument can be made against it on constitutional grounds, but not practical grounds.

Comment by: John Doe on July 13, 2004 07:14 AM
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