A World-Class Fix for Schools

To overhaul No Child Left Behind, President Obama and Arne Duncan should take a page from Chicago's success with globally focused schools.

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Duncan’s simultaneous attack in Chicago on the age-old problem of poor academic achievement and the new demands of globalization is precisely what is needed on a national scale. The right to an excellent education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century, and building global competence among all American students is, indeed, the new definition of equal educational opportunity.

Anthony Jackson is executive director of Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning, a national membership network to advance international education.   

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