The Bloated Rhetoric of No Child Left Behind’s Demise

Article reviewing the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the potential consequences of the educational reform which returns much of education policy to the state and local levels.

From The Atlantic article:

What replacing the despised law actually means for America’s schools

How does the Every Student Succeeds Act reverse the course of K-12 education in the United States? The headlines say it all: It “Restores Local Education Control.” It “continues a long federal retreat from American classrooms.” It “shifts power to states.” According to a Wall Street Journal editorial, it represents “the largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century.” The Every Student Succeeds Act, according to The New York Times, represents “the end of an era in which the federal government aggressively policed public school performance, and returning control to states and local districts.” But for all the breathless hype, the legislation seems unlikely to produce many changes that are actually visible on the ground. Read more.