Governor Bob Holden is making the case for improved federal funding to make sure the federal No Child Left Behind Act meets with success. Speaking to a Jefferson City gathering of the Missouri National Education Association, Holden told those in attendance the federal government must come up with more money if it expects this state and others to be able to comply with new rules and regulations. Holden also has concerns about the federal government’s desired “proficiency” levels, which are left to the states to establish. He says Missouri is already ahead of many other states and would have to lower the bar or place it well above other states, such as Arkansas, to fall into line with the new requirements.