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States Continue to Resist NCLB---But for the Wrong Reason

Ohanian Comment: Why is it that only people on the far right seem to be able to grasp this point?

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by Jodie Gilmore

There's both good and bad news regarding the reaction of states to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The good news is that states continue to resist, and the bad news is that most of them, with Utah being one of the rare exceptions, are resisting on the wrong grounds.

On August 22, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed suit against U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and the Department of Education, complaining that the federal government is not giving Connecticut enough money to finance the annual testing required by the NCLB Act. At issue is the fact that Connecticut currently tests 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th graders, while the NCLB Act requires testing in grades 3 through 8.

“Show us the flexibility, or show us the money,” stated Blumenthal. Similarly, Sheila Gross, a member of the Connecticut Region 12 Board of Education, said, “Here we are, being told what to do without proper funding” — implying they are perfectly willing to be told what to do as long as there’s enough money.

Connecticut is fighting the right battle for the wrong reasons. Instead of worrying about whether the federal government has enough money to tell them when to test students, Connecticut ought to be worrying about whether the federal government has any right to tell them what to do in the first place.

Jodie Gilmore, a home-schooling mother of two, is a freelance writer.

— Jodie Gilmore
The New American


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