The National Education Association and nine school districts' attempt to challenge NCLB as an unfunded mandate on Wednesday went before a full federal appeals court in Ohio. "States and school districts are prisoners of this law," said Robert H. Chanin, NEA's general counsel. "There are obligations that are placed on them by the No Child Left Behind Act, but the money is not enough to implement those requirements." Federal lawyers said the law does clearly mandate how states spend money on NCLB.

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