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What's next for 'No Child Left Behind'?

By Amy Scott

(From Marketplace, January 7th, 2013)

No Child Left Behind turns 11-years-old tomorrow. The Bush-era law ties federal education funding to student achievement. Schools that don’t meet its targets risk losing federal funding.

The law wasn’t meant to get this old. It’s been due for a rewrite since 2007.

“You’d think Congress would be embarrassed at this point,” says Charles Barone with Democrats for Education Reform. “This is the longest it’s ever taken to reauthorize an education law in U.S. history.”

Barone was the lead negotiator for House Democrats when No Child Left Behind was written. It passed Congress with wide bipartisan support. Since then the law’s lost favor with both parties, but they haven’t been able to agree on how to fix it.

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