If the No Child Left Behind law were a public school student, it would be halfway through its sophomore year by now and still getting Ds.
The law that has been the driving force behind public education in America was signed 11 years ago this week. It was deeply flawed from the start and remains so, despite attempts to improve it.
It is based on the unrealistic goal that every student, no matter what his or her obstacles, will be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014. It promised, but never fully delivered, federal money to meet that impossible goal, although it has continued to deliver the penalties for failing to do so.