Latest NCLB Waiver List Heavy on Race to Top States
Ohanian Comment: These are the states whose functionaries say "Yes, Sir!" to the U. S. Department of Education. After numerous go-rounds with the U. S. Department of Education, Vermont withdrew its NCLB waiver application. Insiders say it became apparent that the U. S. Department of Education would not waiver from its agenda, would not consider the education plans, dreams, and strategies of "locals." Traveling under the name of "flexibility," the U. S. Department of Education has proved itself to be totally inflexible.
By Andrew Ujifusa
Eight more states--all but two of them Race to the Top grant recipients--have been granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, out of the 26 states and the District of Columbia that applied for waivers from the federal law in February, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday.
Receiving flexibility in this second round of waivers are Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. Except for Connecticut and Louisiana, all of them are were winners of the federal Race to Top grant competition.
The latest round of waivers leaves 18 states and the District of Columbia (another Race to Top winner) still waiting to hear whether their waiver applications will be approved by the department. The department indicated that it plans to approve several more waiver plans in the next several weeks, but did not provide a more specific timeline Tuesday. The department granted waivers from NCLB to 11 other states earlier this year.
The department broke down the highlights from the waiver agreements into college- and career-ready expectations, state and district accountability and student support, and effective teaching and leadership.
"We're still working with everybody. These were applications that were further ahead," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a conference call with reporters May 29. . . .
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