In a capitulation to common sense and an embarrassment for the Globe, Massachusetts recently joined the waivering parade, seeking relief from the Walker Bush administration's NCLB law, a pet of the late Sen. Kennedy and the Globe. [ James Vaznis, State to seek 'No Child' waiver, Boston Globe, September 27, 2011, at ]

Introduced as H.R. 1 of the 107th Congress by Rep. Boehner (R, OH), the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" [Public Law 107-110] became a "bipartisan" love-in, passing 381-41 in the House and 87-10 in the Senate. From New England, only Reps. Capuano and Frank of Massachusetts, Rep. Sanders of Vermont and Sens. Jeffords and Leahy of Vermont were opposed. The great majority of the few opponents were Republicans. [Anne E. Kornblut, School ties for Bush and Kennedy: They hail new law and each other, Boston Globe, January 24, 2001, p. A1]

In her longstanding role as the house crab-apple, Globe columnist Joan Vennochi filed a dissenting opinion, but only after the deal was done. [More testing doesn't mean better education, January 15, 2002, p. A19] There were many other critics, writing when it mattered about shortcomings of NCLB, but they never got any space in the pristine pages of the Globe. [ For example, Peter Schrag, High stakes are for tomatoes, Atlantic Monthly 286(2):19-21, August, 2000, at ]