USA Today is reporting that the Department of Education paid a TV host nearly a quarter of a million dollars to promote the administration's "No Child Left Behind" initiative.
This initiative is so ill-conceived and poorly funded that there is no doubt that only propaganda could prop it up.
Anyone who has read David Berliner's The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools knows that "No Child Left Behind" is just one more nail in the coffin that right-wingers have been building for public education for a long time.
For those unfamiliar with Dr. Berliner's work, here's a link to some of his work that is published on the web. His essay, "Educational Psychology Meets the Christian Right" is my favorite. Here's a link to some bio on Dr. Berliner.