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Federal Education Law Costs Ohio $1.5 Billion a Year, Report Says

COLUMBUS -- Ohio must spend $1.5 billion a year to comply with a federal law meant to ensure that every child is reading and doing math at grade level within 10 years, a state-sponsored report says.

The federal government provided the state an additional $44 million annually for the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, leaving Ohio to come up with the difference, according to the report by private consultants William Driscoll and Howard Fleeter of Columbus.

But U.S. Rep. John Boehner, one of the architects of the federal law, said the study was flawed. He said the analysis exaggerated the cost to the state. His spokesman, David Schnittger, said that Ohio is getting more than $1 billion for the federal law's cost.

The 2002 law increases regulations on student testing, data collection, teacher qualifications and intervention for children who fall behind.

Ohio had already put several of the requirements in place under revisions to the state's proficiency test system.

Critics of the federal law have long complained about what they say are unfunded mandates, but Ohio is among the first to complete an analysis of the cost.

— Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
Dayton Daily News


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