This week marks ten years since the signing of the federal No Child Left Behind Law. In January 2002, then President George W. Bush signed the controversial piece of legislation. Here in Minnesota, the state is currently seeking a waiver from the federal government in order to escape certain penalties for failing schools. And this week, Minnesota Congressman John Kline released draft legislation that revamps the law.
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Kent Pekel about how the law has worked for Minnesota in the last decade. He's Director of the College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota, and he was one of the key leaders who helped the St. Paul school system respond to the No Child Left Behind Law.