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<<This is part of the fallout of the way "No child left behind" was implemented. Teabaggers raped our schools of adequate funding, then established a priority for what money was left to raise the floor on the bottom of the class. The unintended consequence was a drastic lowering of the ceiling. As a nation, we will suffer for years from this.>>

For a couple of generations liberals have been shedding crocodile tears about the educational plight of poor and minority children --- while doing nothing or undermining the academic achievement of such students.

Liberals have only been concerned about having educational options for their own children, and even rotten public school systems often have schools that cater to families with a real interest in academic achievement, while neglecting the children of the marginalized poor.

What Bush and NCLB did was to take the plight of poor children seriously for a change and attempt to force school districts to pay real attention to educating such children.

Of course it was LIBERALS who hated NCLB, because it threatened their elite programs. Liberals and their buddies in the unions have contrived to undermine the education of poor children and return to a system that protects education for the well off middle class.

I notice that Salary Guru and I share much the same interpretation of the facts. He simply complains about the result because it undermines elite programs liberals value while Republicans, Bush and NCLB made a genuine effort to improve education for the children that have been left behind by public education for generations.

Too bad most poor and minority families remain in the thrall of Democrats and liberals. Their failure to support NCLB politically will leave their children neglected for additional generations.

Seattle Pioneer
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