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Friday, May 14, 2004

Wisconsin fights back

I'm watching the latest Bush campaign ad, which focuses entirely on his education bill, No Child Left Behind. One of the quotes is, "As President, he signed the most significant education reforms in 35 years." Whatever you think of the actual law, the problem is, he didn't fund those education reforms, and now one state is opening the floodgates on telling the truth about it. Here's the story:

Madison, WI, May. 14 (UPI) -- Wisconsin's attorney general has ruled the state may have no legal obligation to meet requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In an opinion Thursday Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager invited the state Department of Public Instruction or a Wisconsin school district to sue the government over the 2-year-old education mandate that is a centerpiece of President George W. Bush's re-election campaign.

"This is the first ruling of its kind in the United States," Stan Johnson, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We urge school districts or states to go to court and correct this injustice."

Is there anything this government does that doesn't end up in court? Other stories on the subject spell out the real issue: the Bushes are trying to force the states to pay for a federal measure. I guess that's one way to drive down spending: don't pay for anything! But I thought we got rid of lunacy like this during the nullification crisis of Andrew Jackson.

Kudos to the Wisconsin AG for standing up for her state and attempting to stop the madness.