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Teachers Union Leader Takes Aim At 'No Child Left Behind'

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The American Federation of Teachers elected a new president in Chicago today. Randi Weingarten says the federal No Child Left Behind Act is broken.

The A.F.T. is the second-largest teachers’ union in the country. Weingarten becomes its newest president after leading New York City’s teachers union for the past decade. Weingarten used her first speech as president to slam the No Child Left Behind Act.

WEINGARTEN: For years we tried to correct what was wrong with NCLB, but now we know better. NCLB does not work.

Weingarten says No Child Left Behind puts too much emphasis on testing. US Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has supported renewing the act.

Weingarten also outlined a plan to create what she calls community schools. They would include medical and social services for students in poor neighborhoods.

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