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Pa. Court Dismisses Reading District’s Suit Over ‘No Child’ Assistance

By David J. Hoff — February 23, 2005 1 min read

A Pennsylvania court has dismissed a school district’s second attempt to sue the state for failing to provide enough help in complying with the main federal law in precollegiate education.

In a Feb. 8 opinion, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the Reading school district had failed to provide any new evidence that the state hasn’t provided enough assistance in meeting the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Even if the district had presented new information to support its case, it “still would not be entitled to relief,” President Judge James Gardner Colins wrote.

In August, a judicial panel dismissed the 16,000-student district’s suit claiming that the state had failed to provide enough money to enable native-language testing for its many Spanish-speakers.

That case is on appeal to the state supreme court.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 23, 2005 edition of Education Week

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