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Rare allies in No Child Left Behind suit

Ohanian Comment: It is sad to see that the NAACP doesn't recognize that the test prep mania causes by NCLB puts poor and minority kids even further behind. That said, I'm not a fan of the lawsuit because I don't want to see more money thrown at a bad law.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (UPI) -- Connecticut's NAACP sides with the Bush administration in efforts to throw out the state's challenge of No Child Left Behind funding, a report said Tuesday.

The civil rights organization and three students filed a motion Monday to intervene in the case in which the state argues the Department of Education has not sent Connecticut enough money to comply with the federal law.

"It's a rather unusual alignment," NAACP lawyer John Brittain told The New York Times. "It certainly creates some different alliances in civil rights."

The NAACP motion argues the suit is a waste of money that could be better used to reduce gaps between poor and wealthy and minority and white students.

The civil rights group's motion joined a pending Bush administration request to dismiss the state's suit in a federal court in New Haven, Conn.



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