Opinions like those that started the thread are EXACTLY why federal money should never have entered the school system.
In 1988, I was working in a fast food joint. We had to inventory our fryer grease. We inventoried what was in the fryers with a ruler (17 pounds per inch of grease).
I remember having to teach a high school senior how to read the ruler. I didn't get into how to multiply fractions and just let him give the measurements to the manager.
We also had a cashier that couldn't tell a senior citizen how much her discount would save her on a fish & more.
The discount was 10 %. Fish and mores were $3.73.
The cashier wound up being valedictorian.
Ignore the funding aspects for a moment. No child left behind puts STANDARDS out there. Many people have acused it of "Making teachers teach to the test."
I hold that if the "test" has the barest expectations - like ruler reading and decimal point moving - that teaching to the test isn't a bad thing.
And if teachers aren't teaching to that minimum standard - then we've got bigger problems coming.
FEDERAL Education spending has increased under Bush. http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/10facts/index.html
Note that eighty - odd percent of education funding comes from THE STATE level - precisely BECAUSE it isn't the federal governments job.
Here's proof - from the ISEA which I'm willing to bet hates no child left behind with all it's heart and sould, yet not even they could find data to support a claim that NCLB was to blame....
So.....since NCLB is terrible......What's your plan?