[United Press International] A year ago the No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a story of bipartisan success and a promising way to boost student achievement. But behind the scenes, states are individually trying to strike deals with federal authorities to sidestep provisions. The federal legislation's goalto make all schools accountable for achieving high standards for all studentsis both laudable and hard to oppose. But achieving this federally set goal when states retain constitutional authority over public education is another, far more contentious matter.
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