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How Many States Tried To Roll Back NCLB? All Of Them.

By Alexander Russo — April 04, 2007 1 min read
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Things heated up towards the end of last night’s PBS NewsHour segment on reauthorizing NCLB (here), with Philly superintendent Paul Vallas touting the benefits of the law and Nebraska state supe Doug Christiansen describing its deficiencies. It’s an argument we’ve all heard before.

What jumped out at me, though, was the intro to the discussion, which said that 20 states had tried to roll back all or parts of the law. I’d never heard that number before, and frankly it seemed both low and somewhat misleading.

Hasn’t pretty much every state tried to get out of the law’s requirements? And isn’t the real point that none of the states actually did withdraw from NCLB, much as that outcome was expected?

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