“2002 was a year heralding big change. The first iPods — with a price tag of $400 and holding 1,000 songs — filled store shelves and the Sony Walkman cassette player fled the scene. The high school class of 2015 started kindergarten. And President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support the year before.
Here we are thirteen years later. Today we can choose an iPod with a touch screen, pay as little as $49 for a slimmed down version, or go with an iPhone, now in its sixth generation, with more computing power than Apollo 11. Yet, our schools are still failing our students: one in five members of the class of 2015 has dropped out of high school, just two in five will go on to college, and our global competitiveness will pay the price.”
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