States Step Back from Lawsuit

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After announcing plans last year for a state-supported lawsuit aimed at the funding provisions of NCLB, the NEA is having trouble finding joiners. Apparently, states just aren't very eager to wage legal war on the federal mandates. Why? The NEA claims states are scared of reprisal. The Department of Ed claims it's because states want to work with the feds instead of against them. The truth of course is that despite the fact that many states do not like being told they have to change their ways, an all out legal attack on a significant source of money (much of it for poor kids) is bad business, bad politics, and bad policy. As a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers puts it, "Maintaining a good relationship with the federal government that oversees your programs and suing them at the same time makes it a very different proposition."