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FROM THE TRENCHES: REALITY AND RESOLUTIONS

Mike Lawson • Archives • October 21, 2006

By Bob Morrison

This January marks several important milestones for our nation in general and music education, in particular. On January 20th we will inaugurate the 43rd President of the United States to a second four-year term in office. One of President Bush’s signature achievements (as described by the President’s campaign) is the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. NCLB also shares January as a milestone because it was in January of 2002 that President Bush signed this bill, creating one of the most sweeping education reform agendas ever.

We are now three years into NCLB. You may love it, though I know a lot of people who do not. Some object to the law for good reason (more on this in a moment). At the very least, it has been a great topic for all of us to complain about and an unending source of parody: No Child Left in Band, No Subject Left Behind, No Child Left in Public School, No Child Left Untested… you get the drift.

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