While I've heard over the past several years about the importance of No Child Left Behind, and how it helps close the gaps in education between rich and poor, majority and minority, I didn't really know how effective No Child Left Behind was.
The administration tells us it's going swimmingly, and would only work better if we would expand the vouchers and the charter schools, so that the kids in the bad school districts can get a leg up on the folks at the good schools.
But maybe the administration isn't being completely honest? According to research at Harvard, achievement in reading has been flat over the past five years and the growth rate in math has been the same as it was prior to NCLB.
I leave it to you to read the article. My opinion is that NCLB was flawed from the start, and though it had good intentions, it wasn't fully thought out.