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Changing Our Schools
Aired 9/5/2002

Demands for education reform are nothing new in America, but two recent developments may lead to more than just debate. In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, requiring so-called "high stakes" standardized testing in reading and math for grades 3-8. Five months later, the Supreme Court upheld the use of vouchers to help pay tuition at private schools, secular and religious, in Cleveland, opening the door for more voucher programs nationwide. Critics question whether either vouchers or standardized testing can solve the deeply ingrained problems of Americas most troubled schools. Among other options: charter schools, smaller classes, better paid teachers, home schooling. What reforms will give students and parents the biggest bang for their buck?
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  Chester Finn
    former assistant secretary of education in the Reagan administration, now the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and author or coauthor of 13 books on education, including "Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education"
  Andrew Rotherham
    Director of the 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute, and co-editor of A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom: Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas.

Originally Aired: 9/5/2002

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