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One Key Part of Fixing No Child Left Behind: Take Out the Racial Focus

I enjoyed Frederick Hess’s article today, and was particularly happy to see this:  “[Education Secretary Arne] Duncan’s wish list has included race-based performance targets. . . . The Student Success Act [the Republican No Child Left Behind reform currently before the House] would end the ability of Duncan, and of his successor, to engage in such shenanigans.” 

I would add only that, while I do not doubt that Secretary Duncan would like to make things worse, No Child Left Behind has always included an unfortunate racial focus (see my discussion here), and it would be great if Congress removed it.

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