Against legal advice

No Child Left Behind is legal, the National Education Association’s lawyer wrote in 2003 in a confidential memo obtained by the Education Intelligence Agency. From the Washington Times:

The National Education Association’s chief lawyer two years ago wrote a memo that said the No Child Left Behind Act was voluntary and not an unfunded mandate, a position that contradicts claims in a lawsuit the union has filed against Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

States don’t have to accept federal education funds, the memo states. If states want federal money, they have to accept federal rules.

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  1. SuperSub says:

    You mean the states are not entitled to federal money without some responsibility to the feds?!

  2. Ross the Heartless Conservative says:

    You mean the NEA filed a lawsuit against Margaret Spellings just for political reasons? And here I thought they encouraged principled decision making.

  3. rouxdsla says:

    I still think this is Bush’s scheme to make states not want to take the money. Close the federal Dept of Ed. and give the money back to the people.

  4. rouxdsla wrote:

    I still think this is Bush’s scheme to make states not want to take the money.

    Naw, too circuitous for real-world politics. Besides, there’s a better reason for the NCLB: the largely successful effort to blunt the state-level accountability schemes.


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