Journal Article: No Child Left Behind: Who Wins? Who Loses?


EDUCATIONAL law & legislation -- United States, UNITED States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, EDUCATION & state, EDUCATION -- United States, PUBLIC schools, SCHOOL management & organization, BILLS, Legislative, SOCIAL justice, SOCIAL movements, UNITED States


Arce, Josephine; Luna, Debra; Borjian, Ali; Conrad, Marguerite




The article focuses on the 2002 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, signed by U.S. President George W. Bush, focusing on policy and distribution of funds to public schools. Proponents of the act claim that it aims to close the achievement gap by holding school districts and states accountable, encouraging the use of flexible educational approaches, and supporting parents' rights to school choice. However, one question arises about the means by which the U.S. administration's public school agenda attempts to deliver this "high quality education." Analysis of the current legislation from the perspective of equity, educational access, and social justice, warrants an exploration of the distribution of NCLB funding and the requirements imposed upon low-income schools. The neoconservatives are supporting a strong state that promotes conservative policies, a strong defense, deregulation, and limited social services funding. The neoliberals seem to be committed to free markets, individual choice, and expansion of consumerism. The present government represents the ideological and economical interests of a conservative modernization coalition.


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