Arizona House votes on NCLB withdrawal

If the Arizona legislature can find $600 million to replace federal funding that could be forfeited as a result, the state would opt out of NCLB by mid-2010 under a state House bill approved 46-11 Tuesday; the bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration. "No Child Left Behind is pretty much the biggest unfunded mandate of our education system in history," said Rep. David Schapira, a Tempe Democrat who sponsored the bill. "The federal government essentially holds our tax dollars as ransom and tells us what to do in our classrooms in Arizona."

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