Suing the NCLB: Are Lawsuits the Answer?

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The backlash against the No Child Left Behind Act was raised to a new level last week when Connecticut's attorney general announced that his state plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education over the testing mandates in the sweeping federal law. The suit--one of the boldest in a growing number of challenges to the Bush administration's hallmark of challenges to the Bush administration's hallmark legislation--reportedly would argue that the law violates federal statute by forcing states to use their own money to carry out its testing requirements. Critics, however, said that Connecticut's estimates were flawed and that the No Child law could help the state address the low achievement of its poor and minority students.

Does the No Child Left Behind Act place undue financial burdens on states? Does its testing requirements spur school systems to better assist students? Do you expect more legal challenges to the law?

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