On November 11, 2015, FairTest honored Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Lani Guinier with the Deborah W. Meier Heroes in Education award. Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of The Tyranny of the Meritocracy. Nancy Carlsson-Paige is co-founder of Defending the Early Years and Professor Emerita at Lesley University.
FairTest board member Deborah Meier presented the award to Nancy. NAACP-Legal Defense and Education Fund President presented the award to Lani Guinier.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002, the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Its provisions, such as testing grades 3-8 annually in reading and math and punitive sanctions, took effect over the next several years. The law is eight years overdue for reauthorization by Congress. In 2015, both the House and Senate approved reauthorization bills and as of October 2015 are working on a compromise.