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Rep. Bateman wants to repeal ‘No Child Left Behind’ law

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lawmakers have introduced a measure urging Congress to repeal the nation's governing education law. Republican Rep. Linden Bateman of Idaho Falls offered a list of complaints Tuesday targeted at No Child Left Behind, which is known primarily for its emphasis on standardized testing and the labeling of thousands of schools as “failures.” Bateman says Idaho now spends $5.7 million a year on a “mean-spirited testing system” that No Child Left Behind thrust upon the state. A memorial introduced in the House Education Committee supports a repeal of the federal law. Idaho education officials want to adopt their own school accountability system while seeking a waiver from the Obama administration to reject the latest federal requirements. But Bateman says he doesn't believe the president has authority to grant such waivers.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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