Yet, school boards and state legislatures countered by using various tactics to avoid the desegregation decrees through initiatives like the massive resistance and the Southern manifesto, which resulted in a substantial withdrawal of children from public schools into private, segregated academies, causing the withdrawal of considerable financial support. President Bush's 2003 implementation of No Child Left Behind, despite all of its critics and detractors, continues to be a laudable effort to bring die nation's schools into alignment with the U.S. Department of Education's promise to provide "a free and appropriate public education" to all America's children.
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