No Child Left Behind: Leaving States Cold

James Dillard isn't negotiating anymore. The former teacher and current member of the Virginia house of delegates met repeatedly with Department of Education officials and even visited the White House to complain about No Child Left Behind, the law President Bush signed two years ago that requires states to test students in reading and math every year and penalizes schools that don't meet standards. Dillard wanted more flexibility in administering the policy; he got none. So last month he led the house of delegates in passing a symbolic resolution calling for Congress to exempt Virginia from the law, which it refers...

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