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The Candidates on the Issues: Education

Few laws have been as controversial as the No Child Left Behind Act, which has given the federal government unprecedented authority over schools.

President Bush had hoped it would help him counter the view that Democrats care more about public education than Republicans. But growing criticism of the law and its uniform testing standards makes it unclear if the president's record on education will give him an edge against his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry.

Bush's stance on education has polarized residents in West Virginia, a state that's up for grabs in the November presidential election despite its Democratic majority. NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports.

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Former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is the education correspondent for NPR. He focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy and pedagogy. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Sanchez joined NPR in 1989, after serving for a year as executive producer for the El Paso, Texas, based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.- Mexico border.