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Journal Issue: The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies Volume 17 Number 2 Fall 2007

Improving the Education of Children Living in Poverty
Richard J. Murnane

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Beginning with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, a major focus of federal education policy has been improving the education of disadvantaged children. No Child Left Behind is the latest federal effort to reach the goal of equal educational opportunity. The new law is not without its strengths—most important, its focus on improving outcomes for children who have historically been poorly served by American schools. As is inevitable in such pathbreaking legislation, the current version of NCLB has many flaws. My proposals would increase the likelihood that a reauthorized NCLB would bring the nation closer to fulfilling the promise of equality of educational opportunity.