The decision could make Virginia the first state to set a deadline – summer 2009 – for planning a pullout from the No Child Left Behind Act, which ties billions of dollars to federally mandated testing standards in public schools.
Does this surprise anybody? The bigger question is one of funding. VA receives approximately $350 million from the federal government right now for education. While this is a small part of VA's total education spending it could represent a significant piece of certain programs. With many divisions running short of cash, can any of them afford to forgo even 2-3% of their income?
Source: Virginia considers leaving NCLB