The State of Public Education in America

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Though two years ago, both parties supported President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, many teachers, parents and state education administrators now say thousands of children are indeed being left behind. There's general consensus that teachers are underpaid, classrooms are overcrowded and test scores, once the pride of the US, are abysmal, compared with much of the world. While at many schools, physical education and the arts have been dropped altogether, at others children are charged a yearly fee to play soccer or join the school band. So, why aren't we hearing more about education from either camp on the campaign trail? Guest host Diana Nyad speaks with education policy experts and state and federal Education Department officials.
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Spinner's article on today's insurgent attacks in Baghdad

No Child Left Behind Act

Bush on education

Kerry on education

Phi Delta Kappa International on education advocacy

ACT Assessment Test

SAT Assessment Test

September issue of National Geographic on global warming



Warren Olney