Maine is joining at least one other state in asking the federal government if it can sidestep President Bush's education reform law, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The law imposes substantial student-data demands and other technology-oriented requirements on state and local school systems.

A joint resolution approved last week by the Maine House and Senate asks Bush and Congress for a waiver from the law.

Legislators say the law includes mandates without funding, and that places a burden on the state and local property taxpayers. Maine also says


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