No Child Left Behind Cheats to Get Ahead

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a joke. BushCo’s flagship education policy has done little except add even more beuracracy to our educational system while doing little to improve student performance in math and reading, which was its goal.

It’s been in the news twice in recent days, but not for good things:

G. W. Bush’s brother Neil is set to make fat profits from NCLB single-bid contracts Bush’s brother and parents are lined up to make money off this.

Armstrong Williams, who was paid to endorse NCLB on his TV show in 2004, has agreed to pay back $34,000 of the money that he took
This guy was paid to get Black people to think that NCLB was a good thing. Note that in his settlement, he has admitted no wrong doing, since misleading Black people is cool. Why would one need to pay someone off to talk about a good program?

So add corruption to the beuracracy and lack of results to what NCLB has given us since its inception. Improving student performance is a great idea, but it doesn’t have to be done in shady ways.

One Love. One II.

No Child Left Behind


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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