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Bush, Lawmakers Meet on Education Bill

"I think anytime there's a carrot approach, as opposed to a stick for continuing to raise the bar, I think that will be well received," Spelling said.

The No Child Left Behind law has pushed some states to weaken their standards to avoid consequences that arise when schools miss annual targets.

Kennedy and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., have introduced legislation addressing the issue. The National Education Association, the largest teachers' union, has endorsed Dodd's bill calling for voluntary national standards.

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On the Net:

Education Department background on the law:

http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml

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Associated Press writer Ben Feller contributed to this report.


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