No Child Left Behind: 10 Years Later

Jan 19, 2012

A decade ago, President Bush signed into this wide-ranging education reform bill into law, which has been hotly debated since. Supporters of No Child Left Behind said it was a “wake up call” for public schools, but opponents said it created a nightmare of paperwork and impossible expectations.  We’ll look at the legacy of NCLB, where its helped the national education system, its challenges and how the Obama White House has approached it.


  • Alyson Klein - reporter for Education Week.  She covers federal policy, Congress, and No Child Left Behind. She is co-author of the blog Politics K-12.
  • Alexander Kress - one of the original architects of No Child Left Behind, senior fellow at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and a Fellow in Education Policy at the George W. Bush Institute. He is also senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld.
  • Mary Kusler - director of government relations for the National Education Association.