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No Child Left Behind
A Mid-Term Exam
Last Featured: 5/7/2007

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Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law in 2007 raises a number of questions about whether this controversial federal law has improved education or unfairly tagged poor urban schools as failures. Does vigorous testing make teachers more accountable and ensure adoption of good curricula or has “teaching to the test” replaced reliable programs that encourage critical thinking? Has limited funding for education coupled with new requirements only exacerbated the difficulties teachers and administrators face? Join us for this edition of Justice Talking when we ask whether No Child Left Behind has passed the test.

A Teacher's Story

Suzie White-Gomez is a fourth grade teacher at Victoria Elementary School in San Bernadino, California. She talks with host Margot Adler about how No Child Left Behind has affected her as a teacher.

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The Facts of No Child Left Behind
Host Margot Adler interviews Andrew Rotherham about the nuts and bolts of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Andrew Rotherham is co-founder and co-director of Education Sector, an independent national education policy think tank. He writes the blog Eduwonk.com and is a member of the Virginia State Board of Education and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Rotherham previously served at the White House as special assistant to the president for domestic policy and advised President Clinton on a wide range of education issues including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, charter schools and public school choice, improving educational options for disadvantaged students, and increasing accountability in federal policy.

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Debate - The Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind
Host Margot Adler is joined by teachers union representative Joel Packer and education advocate Amy Wilkins to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of No Child Left Behind and ways the law can be improved in the reauthorization.

Joel Packer currently serves as director of educational policy and practice for the National Education Association (NEA), the country's largest teachers union. NEA represents 3.2 million public school teachers, educational support professionals, and higher education faculty. Packer also serves as NEA’s lead liaison with the U.S. Department of Education.

Amy Wilkins is the vice president for government affairs and communications at the Education Trust, where she oversees the trust’s media, data, government affairs and coalition work. Previously, she held positions with the Children’s Defense Fund, the Democratic National Committee, the Peace Corps, and the White House Office of Media Affairs.

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The Politics of No Child Left Behind
Blogger and education policy expert Andrew Rotherham returns to talk about how the debate over No Child Left Behind is playing out in Congress and some of the surprising political alliances the law has created.

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A Principal's Story
Barbara Adderly is principal of M. Hall Stanton Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She talks with host Margot Adler about how No Child Left Behind has affected her school.

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Commentary - The Skills Gap
Elementary school teacher David Keyes shares his thoughts on the potential consequences of No Child Left Behind.

David Keyes is a second grade teacher at Bel Pre Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio State University. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post and NEA Today magazine.

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Report from California
Justice Talking contributor Lonny Shavelson visits a high school in California that's sparking controversy by dividing its students into assemblies according to race to report the results of state test scores.

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No Child Left Behind and High Schools
Host Margot Adler speaks with Kristin Conklin of the Department of Education about plans to target high schools in the No Child Left Behind reauthorization.

Kristin D. Conklin is a senior policy advisor to the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Conklin provides advice, analysis and communications support to the undersecretary and secretary of education on matters related to high school rigor, college access, and college affordability.

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