The U.S. Senate is expected to vote as soon as Wednesday on replacing the nation's big education law, known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind.
And President Obama is expected to sign the new version, ending an era marked by bitter fights between the federal government, states and schools.
So as it dies, we thought an obituary was in order.
Yup, an obituary. Because the law's critics and defenders all agree on one thing: No Child Left Behind took on a life of its own.