NCLB Sounded Tougher on Accountability Than It Actually Was and Yet It Was Still Demonized

Article/Op-Ed in The 74 Million
Jan. 3, 2018

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million on the 15th anniversary of No Child Left Behind's passage:

Many years ago, back when the Great American Political Conflagration of 2017 was just a handful of feverish sparks in the Tea Party’s eyes, a young Delaware Republican named Christine O’Donnell set out to take the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden.

She got off to a tough start. While anti-establishment, anti-elites demagoguery pulled her through the Republican primaries, reality bit back in the general election. O’Donnell had résumé troubles and a range of other political luggage — including an old video in which she claimed to have “dabbled in witchcraft.”