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Senators want out of No Child Left Behind

Wahoo! Go Minnesota Republicans!

By Megan Boldt

Senate Republicans said today they want Minnesota to opt out of the controversial No Child Left Behind law, even if it means the loss of $150 million in federal aid.

The 2002 law calls for all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Schools that miss benchmarks based on test scores face increasingly tough consequences.

Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, said at a morning news conference at the State Office Building that the law is a failure and Minnesota schools need to be run locally - not by bureaucrats 1,100 miles away in Washington.
Senate Republicans plan to introduce the legislation in the upcoming session.

The bill would not eliminate current state standards, tests or report cards on schools.

— Megan Boldt
Pioneer Press


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