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It was a heady day for the staff and students of the Poughkeepsie Middle School, a struggling institution just 82 miles north of Manhattan. The students and faculty were greeted by U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and Discovery Channel CEO and President Judith A. McHale for the grand opening of the middle school's new state-of-the-art television studio.
Last May, a first grader named Jasmine transferred to Mendota Elementary School, a K-5 school that's part of the Madison (Wis.) Metropolitan School District. She could barely read. Her parents were frustrated at her former teachers for letting their daughter fall so far behind.
NAACP Fights Connecticut's Lawsuit
Making clear that the Connecticut NAACP is not endorsing the No Child Left Behind law, President Scot X. Esdaile says the NAACP state chapter is choosing to side with the U.S. Department in Education while the state fights to have their lawsuit from being dismissed.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is fighting a court's decision last December to dismiss the state's lawsuit. Blumenthal says the law is an unfunded mandate and unfairly costs the state and local taxpayers millions of dollars.