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Dec. 4--The No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal next year, and the new Congress must look at it carefully, because it is not working.
Numerous studies, several of them issued in just the past few weeks, indicate that the achievement gap between Asian and Caucasian students on one hand, and black and Hispanic children on the other, is not closing. The act was aimed, in large part, at closing that gap by 2014.
The act, laudable in intent but a failure in practice, may need an entire overhaul. Although it provided new federal funds, they were too little to get the job done.
There is some good news emanating from schools. Students are, on …