A Goodbye for Bush's Schoolhouse

The Obama administration takes a symbolic step toward reworking the image of No Child Left Behind.

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No Child Left Behind, the federal education law hailed as George W. Bush's most significant domestic achievement—before it became unpopular with teachers and parents—might be on its way out, if recent events are any indication. The quaint red schoolhouse that was constructed outside the Education Department's Washington headquarters seven years ago after the legislation was signed, as a symbol that every child must be taught and every child must learn, has been torn down by construction workers.

Many are calling the demolition proof that President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are eager to make their mark on national education reform and the No Child Left Behind law in particular. NCLB logos on the department's elevators also have been targeted for removal. Matthew Yale, Duncan's deputy chief of staff, told the Washington Post that the department is even considering a contest to rename the law.

"We want to think about something that's forward-thinking instead of something that seems to have a negative connotation," he said. "We want to think of something that talks about future and potential."

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