Published Online: May 17, 2005
Published in Print: May 18, 2005, as Maine Legislative Panel Gives Nod to NCLB Lawsuit

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Maine Legislative Panel Gives Nod to NCLB Lawsuit

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A joint legislative committee in Maine has given its blessing to a measure that would allow the state attorney general to sue the U.S. Department of Education over the No Child Left Behind Act. Lawmakers contend the 3-year-old federal law is too inadequately funded to implement.

The committee on education and cultural affairs unanimously passed the bill May 4. Gov. John E. Baldacci, a Democrat, has said he supports the legislation.

According to Senate Majority Leader Michael F. Brennan, a Democrat and the chief sponsor of the bill, the federal government now reimburses Maine for only about half of what the NCLB requirements are costing the state.

Vol. 24, Issue 37, Page 18

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