Obama Razes 'No Child Schoolhouse'

Bush-era name ditched as administration seeks to overhaul education law
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2009 4:05 AM CDT
Obama Razes 'No Child Schoolhouse'
George W. Bush marks the anniversary of his No Child Left Behind law during a visit with students, teachers and national educators in Philadelphia earlier this year.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A model of a little red schoolhouse used to promote the launch of the federal policy "No Child Left Behind" is no more, the Washington Post reports. In a highly symbolic move, the structure at the entrance of the Department of Education and policy logos of the Bush administration education law are being stripped from the agency as the new administration moves to revamp the law and put its own stamp on education reform.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said he considers the law's name "toxic." President Obama wants the law to help schools where too many students fail standard exams, rather than penalize them as it does now. Duncan has yet to name any specifics on the overhaul he envisions, although his department is considering a contest to rename the law to talk about "future and potential," said an aide.
(More No Child Left Behind stories.)

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