Thursday, April 21, 2005

No Child Left Behind challenged


No Child Left Behind challenged

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest teachers union and school districts in three states sued the Bush administration yesterday over the No Child Left Behind law, aiming to free schools from complying with any part not paid for by the federal government.

The lawsuit, filed in Michigan, is the first major challenge to President Bush’s education policy. The outcome would apply directly to the districts in the case, but it could affect how the law is enforced in schools across the country.

Leading the fight is the National Education Association, a union of 2.7 million members and a political adversary of the administration. The other plaintiffs are nine school districts in Michigan, Vermont and Texas, plus 10 NEA chapters in those states and seven other states. (AP)