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No Child Left Behind

Republican President George W. Bush, following up on campaign promise, introduced a blueprint to Congress for a new and sweeping federal slate of standards-based education programs. Using the president’s goals as a draft, two Republicans (Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Judd Gregg) and one Democrat (Rep. George Miller) signed on as co-authors of the joint legislation. But it was when Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, one of his chamber’s most outspoken proponents of education reform and also one the president’s most powerful detractors, lent his name to the bill that it stood a chance to overcome the obstacles of inertia and interest group politicking. While the ultimate effectiveness of what became known as the No Child Left Behind Act is still being measured, its bipartisan birth is already in the history books.

2001-01-01 00:00:00

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