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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Third Circuit barred individual suits under No Child Left Behind

On November 20, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that individuals cannot sue school districts to seek specific enforcement for provisions listed in the No Child Left Behind Act. The Newark Parents Association brought a lawsuit against the Newark Public Schools system alleging that it had failed to comply will all provisions of the the act, including notifying parents of failing school status and providing struggling students with supplementary educational materials. In its decision, the Third Circuit noted that the language of the act did not provide relief for individuals, but rather was concerned with the aggregate condition of groups of low-performing children.

Learn more about the No Child Left Behind Act from the JURIST news archive.

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