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Education law tries thin state budgets

July 31, 2003
Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Critics predict the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act could also help power a new wave of costly lawsuits against the states challenging the allocation of state education funds, and in turn by the states against the federal government. Chief among the law’s requirements are annual student testing, training and hiring qualified teachers, and school accountability, which come as states are grappling with their worst fiscal crisis since World War II.