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No Child Left Behind

On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act into law. No Child Left Behind was a comprehensive, complex, and controversial education law that was passed as a reaction to the low academic achievement, especially reading achievement, exhibited by many public school students in the United States. The law represented an unprecedented increase in the role that the federal government plays in education because the law dramatically increased federal mandates and requirements on states, school districts, and public schools. The NCLB also increased federal funding to states by almost 25%. The law affected all students who attended public schools by requiring states and public schools to be held accountable for improving student achievement in reading and math. Moreover, ...

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