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Court Dismisses State's Last NCLB Claim
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A federal judge has dismissed the last of four claims in Connecticut’s lawsuit against Washington over the No Child Left Behind Act.

In 2005, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to challenge No Child Left Behind.  The suit claims that the education law is unconstitutional because the cost to meet its requirements exceeds federal reimbursements. The first three claims were dismissed in 2006.  On Monday,  a federal judge dismissed the state’s final claim.  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal calls the decision unfortunate.

"We will immediately take our fight to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to protect our children and taxpayers from flawed federal policies that impose mindless, detrimental educational policies as well as costs – unfunded mandates – on our state and others around the country."    

In an e-mailed statement, Samara Yudof, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education says that “Secretary Spellings is delighted with the judge’s decision” and calls it “a resounding victory for children and their families.”