States continue to resist NCLB.
On August 22, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed suit against U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and the Department of Education, complaining that the federal government is not giving Connecticut enough money to finance the annual testing required by the NCLB Act. At issue is the fact that Connecticut currently tests 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th graders, while the NCLB Act requires testing in grades 3 through 8.
"Show us the flexibility, or show us the money," stated Blumenthal. Similarly, Sheila Gross, a member of the Connecticut Region 12 Board of Education, said, "Here we are, being told what to do without proper funding"--implying they are perfectly willing to be told what to do as long as there's enough money.
Connecticut is fighting the right battle for the wrong reasons. Instead of worrying about whether the federal government has enough money to tell them when to test students, Connecticut ought to be worrying about whether the federal government has any right to tell them what to do in the first place.
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|Title Annotation:||No Child Left Behind Act of 2001|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Sep 19, 2005|
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