Connecticut today, became the first State to challenge NCLB in a law suit. As a parent with a student in public school, I hope this is another of sign of things to come. People across the country are sick and tired of the Bush administration’s broken promises… that becomes more and more evident daily. (See Ron’s post below on Bush’s poll numbers.)
Connecticut on Monday became the first state to challenge the No Child Left Behind law in court, arguing that the centerpiece of President Bush’s education law amounts to an unfunded mandate from the federal government.
“Our message today is give up the unfunded mandates, or give us the money,” said Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
The lawsuit raises the stakes in a heated fight between states and the Bush administration over the law, and experts say Legislatures around the country will be watching the case carefully. Experts expect that states could vote to join the lawsuit or file their own.
Last Thursday, a compelling report on the controversial NCLB was released: “NCLB Left Behind: Understanding the Growing Grassroots Rebellion Against a Controversial Law”. It provides adetailed national overview of the growing state and local dissent against NCLB. Read more here.
The grassroots rebellion against the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act already has spread in some form to47 of the 50 states and is likely to flare up in particular in such states as Minnesota, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey and Virginia during the 2005-2006 school year, according to a new report from NCLBgrassroots.org, a project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI).
NOTE: As Ron points out in the comments below, it appears Bush’s approval rating are about 6% on NCLB.