The New York Times reports that the U.S. Department of Education paid a public relations firm $700,000 to study all 2003 newspaper coverage of the No Child Left Behind Act. The firm, Ketchum, was also paid to produce video press releases promoting NCLB. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is one of two prominent U.S. senators questioning whether ED broke the law by using taxpayer funds for political purposes. (Note: This site requires registration.)...

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