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Journal Article: Exacerbating inequality: the failed promise of the No Child Left Behind Act

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UNITED States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, EDUCATION -- United States, EDUCATION & state, INTERVENTION (Federal government), FEDERAL aid to education, GOVERNMENT policy, EDUCATION -- Standards, EQUALITY, SOCIAL aspects, UNITED States

Authors

Hursh, David

Published

2007

Publisher

Routledge

Abstract

The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) marks the largest intervention of the federal government into education in the history of the United States. NCLB received and continues to receive support, in part because it promises to improve student learning and to close the achievement gap between White students and students of color. However, NCLB has failed to live up to its promises and may exacerbate inequality. Furthermore, by focusing on education as the solution to social and economic inequality, it diverts the public's attention away from the issues such as poverty, lack of decent paying jobs and health care, that need to be confronted if inequality is to be reduced. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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