No Child Left Behind Act: A Case Study

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Educating students was not a major priority before the No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2001. Instead the government’s priority was to monitor how federal funds were spent and there was no focus on utilizing federal funds to improve the education conditions that existed during that time (Guthrie et al, 2008). In addition, federal government did not always have an interest in whether school systems were successful in raising academic performance for all students and therefore gave states the autonomy to make decisions about the educational needs of each school district. The federal government provided land and other funding, but did not intrude on state’s rights to make decisions about curriculum in its schools (Savage & Standerfer,
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