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House panel advances No Child Left Behind bill


RICHMOND, Va. Virginia legislators want to know what would happen if they withdrew most of the state's schools from the federal No Child Left Behind program.

A legislative committee today endorsed a bill directing the president of the State Board of Education to pose that question to the federal education department.

Patricia Wright is the state's acting superintendent of public instruction. She says the point of the question is to determine whether the state would lose federal Title One funds if it withdrew non-Title One schools from No Child Left Behind.

Title One schools are those that serve a large number of children from low-income families. Seven-hundred-62 of Virginia's 18-hundred-43 schools receive Title One funds.

As originally introduced by Delegate Steve Landes of Augusta County, the bill would have withdrawn all Virginia schools from No Child Left Behind. Landes worked with the state Department of Education to amend the bill.

— Associated Press
WAVY.com Channel 10
http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=4472892&nav=23ii


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