In One Eye

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
It looks as if Connecticut is really going to sue the feds over their ridiculous No Child Left Behind act and the idiocy regarding its implementation.
In a letter dated Monday, the U.S. Department of Education said it would hold off on a decision about the [state's] waiver [regarding additional testing], which has already been denied once. The department also left several other issues on hold.

The department denied a state request to test students with disabilities at their ability levels rather than their grade levels.

[Connecticut Education Commissioner Betty] Sternberg said that means Connecticut will have to develop a separate set of tests for special education students, adding to an estimated $8 million shortfall in federal funding for test development.
And as slow as he's been about this issue, it really looks as if State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is going to to take the bull by the horns:
[Blumenthal] said in a statement Wednesday that the letter from federal education officials leaves Connecticut no choice but to take legal action.

"In a few short months, we will face the real-world task of opening a new school year with millions of dollars in unfunded mandates," Blumenthal said. "We cannot wait for 'working groups' or 'growth models' to protect our children and their schools. Consider this letter Exhibit A for federal fumbling."
Federal fumbling is pretty much an art form for this administration, so all of this comes as no surprise. Moreover, the arrogance with which this whole thing has handled by Education Secretary Spellings has pretty much been par for the course.

All of that being said, the 2005-2006 school year could be a very interesting one for the state.