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This op-ed by Eric Smith has appeared in the Philippine Daily Mirror, The Compass (Claremont, NH), Free Press (Diboll, TX), Gilmer Mirror (Gilmer, TX), The Elburn Herald (Elburn, IL) and The Red Wing Republican Eagle (Red Wing, MN) The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Yet the law is still making the news, as several states are applying for waivers from the law. Some school officials have found it difficult to meet the law's standards requiring that every student -- even those that are poor or in minority groups -- make progress each year. NCLB might need some tinkering. As the discussion about re-authorization continues, it's vital for students and the future of this country that the core principles of accountability, transparency and equality be preserved. The George W. Bush Institute recently released ten "principles" that serve as guidance for state accountability. These principles show how to build on the foundation established by NCLB and then further improve the key areas of standards, student groups, parental choice, and college and career readiness. Read more here. Eric Smith is a fellow in Education Policy at the George W. Bush Institute.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio