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No Child Left Behind: Peter Lang Primer.

No Child Left Behind: Peter Lang Primer. Frederick M. Hess and Michael J. Petrilli (Peter Lang Publishing).


Education Next executive editor Frederick Hess and Michael J. Petrilli, formerly a Bush administration official in the U.S. Department of Education, have written a long-overdue citizens guide to No Child Left Behind. The book is admirably concise, weighing in at fewer than 140 pages, or just one-fifth the length of its sprawling subject, the historic federal education law signed by President Bush in January of 2002. In clear language, the authors describe the law's key provisions, explain how they were intended to work, and provide up-to-date accounts of their implementation. Each chapter also provides a helpful glossary of key terms. Intended not as a defense, a critique, or an evaluation of NCLB, the book fairly presents praise and criticism of the controversial law from both the left and the right. While readers hoping for advice on what to make of these debates may wish its usually opinionated authors had been less restrained in sharing their views, those seeking a solid foundation on which to base their own opinions will find no better place to start.
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Date:Jun 22, 2006
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