No Child Left Behind: A Perspective

The bar has been raised in the United States and our system of public education must adapt to the new parameters of global competition. Public education in the United States has not necessarily declined; the rest of the world has caught up and is now providing a higher level of competition in the market place at all levels. The No Child Left Behind Act is meeting the challenge and has ushered in a new era in public education, focused on the fundamentals of accountability and results for schools all across the country.

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About the Author
Ken Meyer is the deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, U.S. Department of Education. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Meyer is a former state legislator and businessman in Tennessee. He was asked to join the Bush administration in 2002 and works for the development and implementation of the communication effort for No Child Left Behind.