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Links to the text, and related summaries, of the No Child Left Behind Act, and to analysis of implementation and funding Act issues. Also includes current status of the federal Pell Grant program of financial aid for college students.
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President Obama's Education Policy "Guiding Principles"
Summary of President Obama's basic principles and goals for education policies.

Profile of Race to the Top, Obama's 2010 Education Grant Initiative
Quick-reading explanation of the Obama administration's new education grant initiative, "Race to the Top."

Are "Race to the Top" Reforms Good/Bad for Public Education?
Readers share thoughts as to whether reforms required by "Race to the Top" initiative are good or bad for public education. Readers also share thoughts about which reforms they most agree or disagree with.

Pros & Cons of the No Child Left Behind Act
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was legislated for 5 years, and has since been extended but not officially reauthorized by Congress. In early 2010, President Obama stated that he will seek NCLB reauthorization, but with controversial, tougher new standards.

Should "No Child Left Behind" Be Junked?
Readers share their thoughts about whether or not the "No Child Left Behind" Act should be junked, or whether it's salvageable to measure and encourage public education progress.

Obama Campaign Promises: Education Reform
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies on education reform, increase support for teachers, and college affordability.

Obama's Education Plan to Reform Schools & Reward Teachers
In Nov 2007, Sen. Barack Obama presented a fully-detailed plan to reform public schools, reward and support teachers, and correct the excesses/errors of No Child Left Behind Act. This article includes a brief summary of Sen. Obama's plan, the text of his interesting remarks, and a link to his complete plan.

Barack Obama Speaks Out on No Child Left Behind
Barack Obama takes a strongly progressive stance for public education and for teachers, and against publicly-funded vouchers to pay for private school education. His remarks include controversial proposals for across-the-board pay raises for teachers, and redesign of standardized tests to support learning, not punishment of teachers

No Child Left Behind Act Info Center Hub
This Information Center reports and describes the status, politics and pros/cons of the controversial Child Left Behind Act, via the most-read and most searched-for articles and columns at About.com's Guide to Liberal Politics.

Liberalism 101: Democratic Party Agenda on Education and Prosperity
The following is the Democratic Party agenda on education and prosperity. "We will create jobs that stay in America and restore opportunity for all Americans, starting with raising the minimum wage, expanding Pell grants and making college tuition... "

Bush Budget Plan for 2006-07 Cuts $4.3 Billion from Education
In his fiscal budget plan for the federal 2006-2007 year that commences on October 1, 2006, President Bush proposes to end 42 Department of Education programs and significantly reduce spending for four other programs, for total budget cuts of $4.279 trillion. This article is a complete listing of those 46 programs, along with program descriptions per the US Department of Education website.

Pell College Grants Defined & Updated for 2006
The Pell Grant program is the main source of college financing for students from low-income families. 5 million students, 1/3 of US undergradutes, receive Pell Grants. In Dec 2004, the Education Dept changed the eligibility formula so that in 2006, 90,000 students will lose their grants, and 1.5 million more will have major grant reductions.

Closing Public Libraries - A Death Knell of Democracy
The Salinas, CA public library will close at the end of 2005 unless donors soon contribute $3.2 million to replace funds taken by state/federal government from city revenues. Public libraries are important homework, literacy and citizenship centers, and the only access to books and the internet for low-income families, children, elderly , disabled and immigrants.

Bush Education Cuts Take from the Poor, Disabled and Immigrant
George Bush's education budget cuts of $2 billion actually provide more funds for wealthier students, while taking opportunities and assistance away from poor, disabled and immigrant students. Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld has $20 billion more to spend on bombs, battleships and spiffy new Army uniforms.

US Department of Education website
US Department of Education homepage, with links to info centers for teachers, students, parents and administrators about No Child Left Behind; legislation, federal regulations and policy guidance; research, statistics and evaluation; federal grant progams and contracts; and financial aid programs and policies.

Building a Stronger US Teaching Force by Center for American Progress
"Ensuring a High-quality Education for Every Child by Building a Stronger Teaching Force," a detailed blueprint to assure that every public school student in America is taught by a highly qualified, well-trained and adequately supported teachers. Written by Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan progressive research institute.

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