When Connecticut on Aug. 22 became the first state to file suit against the Bush administration's signature education law, the action was only the latest indication of a rising rebellion against the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

The Connecticut suit names U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, and charges the federal government with violating state law as well as a federal law prohibiting unfunded mandates.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed the suit. At a press conference, Blumenthal had this advice for Spellings: "Give up your unfunded mandates or give us the money.


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