Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers

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Randi Weingarten is President of the American Federation of Teachers, a union with more than 1.6 million union members.

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The Bush Administration established  No Child Left Behind  — a federal law designed to raise student achievement in America's public schools.

Are American Children Being Left Behind After All?

The Bush Administration established No Child Left Behind — a federal law designed to raise student achievement in America's public schools.

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