Judge dismisses Connecticut’s NCLB lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed the last of four claims in Connecticut’s challenge to the federal No Child Left Behind law, the Associated Press reports. Connecticut in 2005 became the first state to sue over the law’s testing requirements, saying it is unconstitutional because expenses outweigh federal reimbursements. The 2002 law requires annual standardized tests for students in grades three through eight. States must correct problems in school districts that fall short. Connecticut wants to continue its program of testing students every other year, in grades four, six, and eight. In a ruling released April 28, Judge Mark Kravitz dismissed the state’s claim that alleges the U.S. Department of Education unfairly denied Connecticut’s proposed changes to testing rules for special education and limited English proficiency students. The state contended it would have to use state money to meet the law’s requirements, a violation of its unfunded mandates provision. Kravitz said the state failed to make its argument…

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