Today in History: No Child Left Behind

| January 8, 2018

180108_News_219x365Highly controversial and consequential it proved over its lifetime, No Child Left Behind was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. This landmark legislation was co-authored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA), and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), supporting standards-based education reform, where high standards and measurable goals sought to strengthen educational outcomes. All public schools received federal funding to administer a statewide standardized test annually to all students, with measures to improve schools with poor results. With a focus on reading, writing, and math, NCLB tied academic expectations and school accountability to government funding.

No Child Left Behind was succeeded in 2015 by the Every Child Succeeds, legislation under President Obama who offered a new course of accountability, while President Trump signed new bills in May 2017 overturning key education regulations …. leading us to ask where is public education heading in the long run, what can we learn from the past, and how should we continue to shape philosophy and pedagogy to meet changing needs and policies?

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



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