The very liberal No Child Left Behind was a landmark educational policy with the intentions of providing Federal Assistance to States. This of a liberal policy because according to Theodore Lowiin the text Public Policy (Stewart, Hedge, and Lester, 2008) “Liberal policies are this in which government bring about social change, usually in the direction of ensuring greater levels of social equality.” No Child Left Behind was signed by George W. Bush Jr. under the pretenses that each state follow certain procedural agendas and guidelines. With education being Bush’s first domestic concern, in January 23, 2001 the NCLB was previewed in congress as comprehensive education reform. Congress willfully engaged in a bi-partisan debate that would close the gap between disadvantaged and minority students. “The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 symbolizes the four principles of President Bush's education reform plan: stronger accountability for results, expanded flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.” (ed.gov, 2008 ) The presidents vision for educational reform is rooted from a background that extends from the presidency of Lyndon Johnson presidency.
Through every presidency education policy has been reformed. From Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., and Bill Clinton. Such policies eventually lead to the overhaul of educational reform and thus the problems from these past reforms ultimately lead to No Child Left Behind. The foundation of all education policy was the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This was the nations first comprehensive education law. This policy came into place as part of Johnson’s War on Poverty-which in turn a higher education would move poor students out of poverty.(CQ, 2005) Our current educational policy still holds true to one of Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Act primary pillars. This is the Title 1 federal aid... [continues]
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