While few would quarrel with the goal of the No Child Left Behind legislation, the nation is badly divided over whether the law is having a positive effect on our schools. At the same time, it is also true that most Americans, including many professional educators, have only a limited understanding of the content and scope of the legislation. As we are currently engaged in a national debate about the future role of the federal government in the field of education, it is essential that people become better informed about the history, content, and results of No Child Left Behind. This book is a valuable tool informing the current discussion on the reauthorization of the law. As a result, the reader will be better able to make up his own mind as to the direction we should take as a nation in pursuing the noble objective of ensuring that no child is left behind.
Members of the US Congress, facing the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, would do well to inform themselves by reading Professor Hayes' book before they engage in further debate on the policy... Its comfortable narrative format informs the reader, weaving together the key events that led to Congress' original overwhelming approval of the law. No Child Left Behind: Past, Present and Future provides what may be the most comprehensive available examination of the law's far reaching impact. Looking into the future, Hayes cautiously advances what is in store for American education should the Congress press forward on possible reauthorization alternatives. The book is the essential reader for anyone who will engage in the reauthorization and/or the implementation of an updated NCLB.
September 2009 CHOICE
Hayes successfully enlightens policy makers, professors, school administrators, lawyers, legal and educational researchers....The book is replete with data and source material, and is written in a language that can easily be understood by school and nonschool personnel alike. Hayes, with his vast experience in education, is masterful at weaving an in-depth analysis of the law and its effects on our schools. With over 350 footnotes in less than 200 pages and an easy-to-read format, this is must reading for anyone needing or wanting to know about NCLB. Highly recommended.
Dr. John Shafer
No Child Left Behind: Past, Present, and Future is a scholarly and valuable historical perspective of the NCLB legislation. However, the book's greatest significance and its author's greatest accomplishment lie in its valued, inclusive vision for the future which inspiringly combines foresight and acumen.
from the foreword by Adam Urbanski
[William Hayes] is eminently qualified to [write about NCLB] because of his long and accomplished career as teacher, administrator and college professor. He examines the history of the law, comments on its current status, and projects its likely future. All this from both academic and pragmatic perspectives. This represents an invaluable context for those who want to better understand the law - and an even more critical context for those who want to amend or change it...Proponents and foes of NCLB alike want better education for all students. The prospects for making progress towards that goal are enhanced if the debate is both contextualized and de-polarized. William Hayes' excellent book makes an important contribution towards that end.
William Hayes has been a high school teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, superintendent of schools, adjunct professor, and for the past nine years has served as chairman of the Teacher Education Division at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.
Part 1 THE PAST Chapter 2 Historical Background Chapter 3 The Law Chapter 4 The First Five Years Chapter 5 The Critics Part 6 THE PRESENT Chapter 7 How Are We Doing In Reading? (Language Arts) Chapter 8 What Is Happening In Math? Chapter 9 The Other Subjects Chapter 10 Highly Qualified Teachers Chapter 11 No Child Left Behind and Choice Chapter 12 Safe and Drug-Free Schools Chapter 13 The Faith-Based Initiatives Chapter 14 Additional Provisions Chapter 15 The Battle for Reauthorization Part 16 THE FUTURE Chapter 17 The Issues Chapter 18 What is Ahead?