Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Connecticut jumped on the resolution bandwagon today:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Frustrated that the federal government will not let Connecticut out of testing requirements mandated under the No Child Left Behind education act, the state Senate passed a resolution Wednesday asking Congress to amend the law.

The resolution requests that the federal Education Department grant waivers for states that have a strong track record of testing students. While the federal law has helped some states, it has been burdensome for states with good schools, said Sen. Thomas Herlihy, R-Simsbury.

"For states like that, unfortunately No Child Left Behind has been a bust," Herlihy said.

Sen. Thomas Gaffey, D-Meriden, said the federal government has not funded the law's requirements.
Gaffey, co-chairman of the legislature's Education Committee, was also critical of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who recently rejected a request from Connecticut to be exempted from standardized tests in grades 3,5 and 7. The state has been testing students in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10 for years.

State education officials have said the tests would not give them any more information about how students are performing. Education Commissioner Betty Sternberg had also asked for flexibility in testing of non-English speaking students and students with disabilities.

Of course, a resolution means nothing. They're usually reserved for the guy from East Wherever who volunteered for umpteen years as a Pee Wee football coach. But still, it is symbolic. And it shows that yet another state is extremely frustrated with the bullying of the federal government. Once again, there is bipartisan opposition to No Child Left Behind.

Was testing every other year such an unreasonable request? And if not, why won't the feds pay the full cost of the annual testing?


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