Elementary and Secondary Education Act Takes Some Good Steps, But Falls Short of What Is Needed

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Congress finally did it. The much beloved or much vilified, depending on your point of view, No Child Left Behind Act is dead. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, has replaced it. The new federal education law is a mixed bag that takes some steps in the right direction, but falls well short of empowering state and local innovations and the kinds of education reforms that have proven most successful.