The backbone of American society is our world-class education system. But we've seen some worrisome cracks in recent years, damage that will take a combined effort to repair. We must strengthen our public education system, returning it to the strengths that made our nation so successful. We must ensure the equality of opportunity that we've come to expect; only then will our students succeed.
Congress in 2001 passed the No Child Left Behind Act, known as NCLB, which was intended to hold schools accountable for student performance and provide schools the resources they need. But as we've seen, there are some serious problems with NCLB that must be addressed. NCLB in the past has lacked proper funding to achieve its goals while at the same time directing too much attention to standardized testing at the expense of a proper education. Congress continues to work on reforming this initiative.