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No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005


reviewed by Aaron Cooley — March 29, 2007

coverTitle: No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005
Author(s): Patrick J. McGuinn
Publisher: University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
ISBN: 0700614435, Pages: 260, Year: 2006
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The opening of this year brought renewed attention to federal educational policy. The controversial No Child Left Behind Act once again became center stage on the nation’s domestic policy agenda. However, there are obvious and glaring differences between the United States’ political climate when the law was signed and that of the present day. From the Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives to President Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, the national political arena has certainly seen some significant changes, which will have an impact on any alterations to the law. One of the opening salvos of this political cycle was a report released by President Bush’s second Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings,1 which was titled “Building on Results: A Blueprint for Strengthening The No Child Left Behind Act.”2 The essence of the report mirrors its title, stating clearly that the Bush Administration sees that progress has been achieved because... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 29, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13994, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:08:18 AM

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  • Aaron Cooley
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    AARON COOLEY holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has mentored, tutored, and taught students in a diverse range of educational settings. Previously, he worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. His writing has appeared in Educational Studies, Educational Theory, Essays in Education, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, and Teachers College Record. Aaron is dedicated to improving the educational and economic opportunities of all Americans through innovative ideas in public policy.
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