Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 14

Boy On Fire

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on NBC



  • Allusions

    • Some aspects of this episode appear to be ripped from the headlines of the Houston Independent School District scandal. The district's schools were widely praised for lowering dropout rates and improving test scores, and this achievement was used to promote then-President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. It turned out that schools in this district had inflated test scores by keeping low-achieving students from taking the tests. They also reported (falsely) that students who dropped out had transferred to other schools or received a GED to prevent them from being classified as dropouts.