Full Appeals Court Hears Union's NCLB Case
December 11, 2008 / By Mark Walsh
The educational and fiscal ramifications of the federal No Child Left Behind Act came under legal review yesterday in an ornate federal appellate courtroom here.
Of course, only a legal question was at issue before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit: whether a group of school districts backed by the National Education Association has a case in challenging the federal education law as an unfunded mandate.
“States and school districts are prisoners of this law,” Robert H. Chanin, the general counsel of the NEA, told 14 of the appeals court’s 16 active judges here. The other two judges will participate in the outcome of the case after listening to a recording of the oral arguments.
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