September 2nd, 2003

School Battle

Since 2001, No Child Left Behind Act has been working its way into public schools everywhere. But not all schools believe they fall under its jurisdiction.  Rural states are among those who feel the law doesn’t pertain to them.

Maine says that NCLB is ‘urban legislation’ that doesn’t apply there, where more than 50% of students are in rural areas.  In 2003, Maine’s legislators asked Washington for a waiver but were turned down.

And that’s when things really started heating up.

(Originally aired September 2, 2003)

This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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