No Child Left Behind Act Makeover

An overwhelming majority of delegates from the nation's largest education union approved a plan Monday to aggressively lobby congress for reform of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The national education association has fought to change the measure since its beginning in 2001.

In an hour-long discussion, only three of the 9,000 members of the union's representative assembly argued against the lobbying effort.

Union leaders say the basic intention of No Child Left Behind is good.

But a union official says the government's obsessive focus on testing student skills and punishing failing schools undermines education.

Approximately 300 Alabama educators attended the annual convention.

The union also is calling for a national minimum wage of $40,000 a year for teachers.