The States of NCLB
As a reminder that all politicsespecially education politicsis ultimately local, legislatures in more half of the nation's states have introduced resolutions challenging the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act. Some of the mostly symbolic bills were unanimously adopted, others were killed outright, and many never even made it out of subcommittee hearing rooms.
Regardless of their fate, nearly all the bills reflected common concerns, as seen by the proposals listed in the table below. Legislation was launched by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, but the majority of challenges came from "red states"those George W. Bush carried in 2000rather than from the "blue states" won by Al Gore.
|Requesting waivers, revisions, or exclusions||Requesting increase in federal funding||Refusing to comply with all or part of NCLB||Prohibiting spending of state money on NCLB mandates|
|* New Jersey's
resolution proposed only one highly specific change to NCLB
SOURCES: National Conference of State Legislatures and staff research
Vol. 16, Issue 02, Pages 32-33
- Read "State Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act," a report from the Education Commission of the States. ECS also offers a database for tracking individual state progress.
- The Department of Education lists information on the flexibility available in the law, and how it is being used by the states.