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Since President Bush took office in 2001, the U.S. Department of Education has taken aggressive and sometimes creative steps to promote its agenda, including its support for school choice options and the No Child Left Behind Act.


The recent shooting of a high school football coach by an angry parent at a high school in Canton, Texas has again placed parent, fan, and coaching behavior at school sporting events in the media spotlight. Several districts across the nation have taken measures to promote sportmanship-like behavior.


The backlash against the No Child Left Behind Act was raised to a new level last week when Connecticut's attorney general announced that his state plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education over the testing mandates in the sweeping federal law.


The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement, a new title from the Economic Policy Institute, claims that charter schools appear to produce lower test scores that cannot be explained by their students' backgrounds. Critics have responded that the book's findings are unduly influenced by EPI's connection with the American Federation of Teachers.

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