In One Eye

Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I missed this yesterday as I was on my way back from Vacationland.
Despite some reservations, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a law authorizing a legal challenge to a controversial federal school reform law that is the centerpiece of President Bush's education agenda.

Until now, Rell, a Republican, had been noncommittal about signing a bill challenging the President's No Child Left Behind Act, saying that she prefers negotiating with federal officials instead of suing them.

"I know this was difficult for her to do because, after all, she's a Republican governor, and the President believes [No Child Left Behind] is the right thing," said state Education Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg.
It truly has to kill the governor to do this since she hates to be involved in any confrontations, but Education Secretary Spellings' intransigence has forced the Brookfield clubwoman's hand.

No matter what the outcome, it doesn't look as if such a decision will hurt the governor's approval rating, which still stands at 79%.