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

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Media Outlet: The 74 Million

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.”


Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice.