When Politics, Profits, and Education Collide

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When Politics, Profits, and Education Collide
No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind
What comes to mind when one hears the words “no child left behind?” Perhaps one pictures a family of 12 who left one of the children at the gas station during a restroom break - or a school bus that arrived at the zoo field trip with 35 first-grade students but left with only 34! The thought of leaving a child behind, or of being harmed in any way, is disturbing. The thought of a child being left behind due to the challenges of our education system is also disturbing. Sadly however, when it comes to education children are being left behind, especially in the poorer areas of our country. The stakes are high – the future of the greatest country in the world is at risk, the children being raised today will lead and guide this nation tomorrow. Therefore, lawmakers need to pass legislation to ensure that “no child is left behind.”
A State and Federal Partnership
It may surprise or even shock some to learn that there never has, nor currently is, a federal constitutional right to an education. The United States Constitution does not impose an obligation to either federal or state governments to operate public school systems or to assist parents in paying for a private education. However, it has always been recognized, from the early years of our country’s formation forward, that having an educated constituency is in the best interests of a strong and free nation.
Because the federal government’s powers are not specifically designed to provide for education, this power is delegated to the states. Therefore, the people of all states, through their constitutions, have required their legislatures to exercise this power.
As the years have evolved, school funding now comes from combined efforts of federal, state, and local governments. According to the Basics…...

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