February 22, 2007
The U.S. Department of Education warned Virginia school divisions that if they did not comply with all of "No Child Left Behind," they would lose federal funding.
The warning comes after several Virginia school boards have refused to comply with a specific part of the law which requires children struggling to learn english to take the same reading tests as their native speaking peers.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Billy Cannaday said that he expected school divisions to comply with the law even if they disagreed with the provision.
Several school boards throughout the state have stated their intent to defy the law including Harrisonburg.
Harrisonburg's school superintendent Donald Ford says that they will continue to only administer the state's Standards of Learning test to students with an adequate grasp of English.
If schools fail to show progress by all of their students, including the ones who are not proficient in english, they will be labeled as failing and lose funding.