CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a 29-page decision that allows local school districts in 3 states and the National Education Association to revive a lawsuit challenging funding shortfalls in the No Child Left Behind Act. The complete text of the ruling is available here on The Daily Bellwether.
The 2-1 ruling by the Cincinnati-based appeals court found that the 2002 law -- a hallmark of President Bush's education reform efforts -- did not give the states and local schools clear notice that the measure would underfund its requirements for improving the academic achievement of U.S. students. In other words, the law made the states accountable, but failed to defray the cost of compliance.
The decision means the case now goes back to Chief U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedmann in Detroit, who tossed it out of court in November 2005.