Keep 'No Child Left Behind'
The Obama administration said this week it wants sweeping changes in No Child Left Behind, President Bush’s landmark education law. Specific details are yet to come, but one thing is crystal clear: no way will the signature title, “No Child Left Behind,” survive. Indeed, it’s likely that folks at the education department already are deep in thought on what the new name should be. Which, frankly, I find sort of sad, since I am hard-pressed to think of a title that so perfectly captures the aspirations of what education in America should be.
I know that the underlying law is actually called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and that it’s not unusual for presidents to want to affix their own brand to bills. President Clinton, for instance, chose “Improving America’s Schools Act.” The fact that No Child Left Behind is the legacy of Bush makes it anathema to Democrats, and probably to some Republicans.
But that, to my mind, makes an even more compelling case to keep the name. When the eight-year-old law was enacted, it was a moment of Republicans and Democrats coming together in rare agreement. What better way for President Obama to show he is serious about bipartisanship than harking back to the moment when the two political parties were able to come together on a simple but unassailable principle -- that in this country, no child should be disadvantaged by race, income or circumstance from getting a good education. Alas, that principle has yet to be realized, but the president would be making a powerful statement by keeping the name and trying to fulfill its promise.
| February 3, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
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