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Minnesota stays with No Child Left Behind

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Senators tried, but failed, Thursday to withdraw Minnesota from the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

"We want to take back our schools; this is about local control," said Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina.

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Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, said Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has said she would strip federal funding from states that back out of No Child Left Behind. Some say that could mean over $200 million less for Minnesota schools. Stumpf said the state should instead pursue certain waivers.

The amendment to a budget bill failed 33-31.

A provision removing Minnesota from the program remained in a House bill.

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