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Fine, a new No Child Left Behind. But what if students don’t learn?

Publication date: Jul 30, 2015

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, The Chicago Tribune, July 30, 2015

The landmark 2002 No Child Left Behind law was built on compelling principles: All children can learn. Every school should be held responsible for students’ academic growth.

NCLB, however, proved to be too inflexible. It set up even successful schools to be labeled as failures. So the Obama administration waived many onerous NCLB requirements for most states, including Illinois, and … waited for Congress to pass a desperately needed update to make the law more practical and effective. Years passed.

This month, though, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping NCLB overhaul called Every Child Achieves, just days after the House narrowly passed its version, the Student Success Act.

Mission accomplished? No. More like mission averted.

Read the full article at The Chicago Tribune.

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