Closing the achievement gap requires more than just raising standards or shaming schools into compliance, writes Susan B. Neuman, a University of Michigan educational-studies professor, who also previously served as assistant U.S. secretary for elementary and secondary education during NCLB's passage and initial implementation. A whole child approach that involves the community is needed to help children of disadvantaged backgrounds, says Neuman, who has joined with a group of other professionals calling for a "broader, bolder approach" to education.

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