Haven't some states told the Dept. of Ed what to do with their federal money? I haven't kept up with this stuff. Would the Feds cut off school lunches if they were told where to stick NCLB? What did we do before Jimmy Carter invented the DOE? Since I attended Catholic schools, I have no idea (my parents sacrificed a lot to put 8 kids through 12 years of Catholic school).
One of the interesting ironies is that some bright San Antonio kids have refused to take the State Test. They may not get to walk across the stage, but they have already been accepted by the college of their choice. Someone should tell the high school students that they can get into a community college without the State Test. Granted, they may have to take another test, but it's a placement test. About half the students entering community college have to take remedial courses anyway.