Thursday, January 19, 2006

no child left behind? yeah right. (go get 'em attorney general blumenthal!!!)

you know he is one BUSY man!

Blumenthal set for 'No Child' fight
Connecticut Post
109 school boards endorse suit By LINDA CONNER LAMBECK
HARTFORD — Attorney General Richard Blumenthal may not have any other states at his side when he appears in federal court next week to do battle over the No Child Left Behind law — but two-thirds of school districts in Connecticut have his back.
In all, 109 of the state's 166 school boards have voted to endorse the lawsuit, Blumenthal said Tuesday. Those supporting the lawsuit include Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Seymour, Shelton, Trumbull, Woodbridge and regions 5 and 9.
Many of them voted months ago to endorse the challenge on the grounds that the federal law amounts to an unfunded mandate.
"We agree with [Blumenthal] 100 percent on this," said Anthony Smeraglino, vice chairman of the Shelton Board of Education. "We're not complaining about the concept at all. It's just that it's being jammed down on us and we're getting no money whatsoever to support that."
Oral arguments on the federal government's motion to dismiss the state's lawsuit are scheduled for 1 p.m. next Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven.
Blumenthal will deliver the oral arguments on behalf of the state, charging that the federal government is illegally requiring states and local school districts to spend their own funds to meet U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' "defective view" of what the No Child act requires........

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