Will a more flexible NCLB harm some groups of students?

There is growing concern that a rewrite of the federal No Child Left Behind law could result in less accountability for the achievement of English-language learners, minorities, students with special needs and other subgroups of students. However, Obama administration officials say their plan -- which calls for greater flexibility in meeting federal mandates -- will steer away from one-size-fits-all interventions for schools and benefit students in those subgroups.

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