NW Arkansas politicians criticize NCLB

(May 11, 2004) — (Fayetteville-AP) -- A group of northwest Arkansas Democrats are criticizing President Bush's education record as he comes to Van Buren today to speak on his federal No Child Left Behind law. State Representative Jan Judy called the law a quote "collection of broken promises". Judy is running for U-S Congress in northwest Arkansas' third district against incumbent John Boozman. Bush is to speak this morning at a junior high school in Van Buren. Democrats say that his education law is an unfunded federal mandate. A spokesman for Boozman, Patrick Creamer,said that the congressman voted for Bush's legislation and that it has sent more money to states for education than any other act in history. Creamer said the law isn't a mandate, rather a contract, and that if states meet the criteria they'll qualify for federal money. But Jan Judy disagrees. She said the Republicans haven't done what it takes to make public schools better.