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Lawmakers: Education law changes hurt minorities

By Kimberly Hefling
AP Education Writer / November 11, 2011

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WASHINGTON—Minority lawmakers say proposals in Congress to rewrite the education law No Child Left Behind fail to protect minority and disabled students and those for whom English is a second language.

Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific American members of Congress say the law should include federal accountability standards, better data collection, graduation goals and improved opportunities for English learners. In a letter sent Thursday to other lawmakers who oversee education programs, they say they can't support changes that diminish equal access to education for all students.

The 2002 law mandated annual testing. Schools that don't meet requirements face sanctions.

A bipartisan Senate bill would give greater control to states over education policy, but many Republicans say it doesn't go far enough.

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