Battling the ‘No Child’ Backlash: Wash. Post

David Broder writes in a recent column that Pres. Bush is experiencing backlash with No Child Left Behind-Leaves Many Children Behind. Click here for full column.

An excerpt:

The last thing President Bush needs is another fight with his political base. But that is what he has found as he presses Congress to renew the No Child Left Behind Act, his signature education program passed by a bipartisan majority in the first months of his first term.

Last week, 57 Republican legislators signed on as sponsors of legislation that would — in the view of the administration — destroy No Child Left Behind. The bill would allow any state that objected to the law’s standards and testing to excuse itself from those requirements and still receive federal school aid.

The sponsors, who include Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the House GOP whip, and Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, say the measure is needed to curb federal interference in local schools.

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