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Why It's Time to Replace No Child Left Behind

MATT EICHŚLUCEO FOR TIME

No Child Left Behind

Rachel Carson middle school in Herndon, Va., is full of winners. In the past year alone, its students have taken home trophies for all kinds of competitions, from the science bowl and debate league to the state's chess championship and a haiku contest. The school has won a governor's award for educational excellence for the past four years and has been named a school to watch by a national forum for middle-school reform every year since 2004. And yet to the federal government, Rachel Carson, like many other well-to-do suburban schools in the U.S., is failing.

Since 2002 the federal No...

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