The once much heralded (but today heckled) No Child Left Behind federally mandated approach to public education is soon to be “no more” in Oregon. The state has been given permission to drop out of the highly criticized plan that many called a Faustian bet made by then very ill Senator Ted Kennedy, a long time champion of public education. Sen. Kennedy passed away soon after and so will his No Child Left Behind program that he worked out with then President George W. Bush. Kennedy later said it was the country’s best chance at raising education standards in American schools “based on the political realities of the times.”
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