Signed into law just two weeks ago by President Bush, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLGA) sanctions changes that will impact virtually every American primary and secondary school student and educator. Posted on the Department of Education's official Web site, the NCLBA pages detail the Bush Administration's focus on renewed accountability in the nation's public school system. While many of the changes and guidelines have already been put in place in some states, this new act makes them the law of the land. Principally, the site reviews the four underlying principles that serve as spirit of the law: "stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work." Aside from detailing the general provisions of the new law and its history, the site also allows users to link to a page outlining the changes to come in their home states, as well as to other Department of Education sites and reports.
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