No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is taking up the No Child Left Behind education law again this year in response to persistent complaints from school administrators about requirements and deadlines.

One big complaint has been annual deadlines, which punish schools that don't make what's considered to be adequate progress toward having all children perform at their grade levels.

School officials are also upset over requirements that students with limited English ability or with learning disabilities perform as well as their grade-level peers.

Key Democrats are demanding changes and moderate Republicans say the law must be more flexible. And those groups have now been joined by many G-O-P conservatives who want a broader overhaul.

Lawmakers say a big problem is the law penalizes schools that miss achievement goals by only a little the same as those who fail by a lot.

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