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Utah Educators Join In Lawsuit Challenging "No Child Left Behind"

Utah Educators Join In Lawsuit Challenging "No Child Left Behind"



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Samantha Hayes reporting The list of opponents to No Child Left Behind just got longer: Utah educators joined in a national lawsuit, one day after state lawmakers officially challenged the federal standards.

Jeanne Keddington doesn't have all the answers, but after more than a dozen years in education, she says what we're doing now isn't working.

Jeanne Keddington/Library teacher: “A lot of legislation they give us, when it comes down to putting it into practice, the reality of it is impossible to do."

The Utah Teachers Union joined a national lawsuit saying the government hasn't provided enough money for schools to comply with No Child Left Behind. Many feel the testing required by the law is an unfair standard.

Michelle Stimpson/EOL teacher: “The way we are being assessed and held accountable is impossible for students to perform at that level."

Utah says it has a better way: Passing a bill that prioritizes state education standards over federal ones, even though the Government says that could trigger huge financial consequences.

Rep. Margaret Dayton, (R) Orem: “Certainly no one in Utah or anyone well intentioned in the Department of Education would want to deprive the poor and disadvantaged students from money they have now."

But right now, that's not enough of a reassurance for those in the classroom everyday.

Eyewitness News obtained an email sent to teachers at schools more at risk to lose federal dollars. They were advised to "put together a contingency plan for the reduction of staff..."

Keddington says even though her school draws the average amount of federal dollars, a cut would be difficult.

Jeanne Keddington/Library teacher: “We are shrinking, every year, our money, our money shrinks anyway, so if we are to loose a large amount of money it will definitely hurt us."

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