Connecticut sues over 'No Child Left Behind'
It’s the first state to slap a Fed lawsuit of this kind against Chimpy’s failed, underfunded showpiece policy.
The state of Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging President Bush’s No Child Left Behind school reform law, arguing it is illegal because it requires expensive testing and programs it doesn’t pay for.
The lawsuit, which officials said was the first of its kind to be brought by a state government, asks a federal judge to declare that the federal government cannot require state and local money be used to meet federal testing goals.
“The goals of the No Child Left Behind Act are laudable,” Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. “Indeed, Connecticut has pursued these goals for decades, but the federal government has failed in implementing them.”
Blumenthal announced plans for the lawsuit this spring, after the state was repeatedly denied waivers to avoid some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind, which aims to have every student in public schools proficient in reading and math by 2014.
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