Republicans had an opportunity to dismantle the failed regime of federal control when they regained control of both Houses of Congress in 1994 and then elected a president in 2000. Unfortunately, George W. Bush campaigned on the slogan “Leave No Child Behind” as his signature agenda. John Boehner, who was chairman of the House Education Committee at the time, produced a bill that rebranded Johnson’s program under the title “No Child Left Behind.” No Child Left Behind promised to bring all children to 100% proficiency by 2014. Of course that did not happen, and nearly everyone now recognizes it as a failure.
Now our Republican Congress wants to resell No Child Left Behind to the American people in the form of the “Every Child Achieves Act.” This legislation would once again give control of our schools to the federal government, instead of local school boards. Do not be fooled by promises of improved standardized test scores, 50 years of experience should teach us that the federal government should have no place in our local schools.
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