ERIC Number: EJ759490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-27
Reference Count: N/A
Union, States Wage Frontal Attack on NCLB
Keller, Bess; Sack, Joetta L.
Education Week, v24 n33 p1, 18 Apr 2005
Widespread sniping at the Bush administration's centerpiece education law escalated into a frontal attack as the nation's largest teachers' union. Several school districts sued federal officials over the measure, just a day after the Utah legislature approved a bill challenging the reach of the law. The National Education Association's suit follows the announcement of the Connecticut attorney general that his state plans litigation similar to the union's. Observers are divided on how formidable the legal and legislative assaults might prove. They are largely united on the political symbolism of so much happening at once. Resistance to the law is growing. Suing along with the 2.7 million-member labor behemoth and 10 of its affiliates are school districts in Pontiac, Michigan; Laredo, Texas; and south-central Vermont. They have asked the U.S. District Court in Detroit to free schools from having to comply with any parts of the No Child Left Behind law on their own tab. The suit charges that the sweeping federal education law--passed at the end of 2001 and signed by President Bush in January 2002--is being implemented illegally because billions of dollars worth of federal underfunding has forced states to use their own money to carry out its mandates.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Court Litigation, Resistance to Change, Compliance (Legal), National Standards, Federal State Relationship, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001