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The Illusion of Choice: The Reality of Media Consolidation

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Nearly half of America’s public schools didn’t meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Law took effect a decade ago, according to a national report…

The Center on Education Policy report shows more than 43,000 schools — or 48% — did not make “adequate yearly progress” this year. The failure rates range from a low of 11% in Wisconsin to a high of 89% in Florida.

The findings are far below the 82% failure rate that Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicted earlier this year but still indicate an alarming trend that Duncan hopes to address by granting states relief from the federal law. The law requires states to have every student performing at grade level in math and reading by 2014, which most educators agree is an impossible goal.