USA: Dismantling No Child Left Behind?

Friday, September 23, 2011

New York Times

Obama to Waive Parts of No Child Left Behind

President Obama on Friday will offer to waive central provisions of the No Child Left Behind law for states that embrace his educational agenda, essentially ending his predecessor’s signature accountability measure, which has defined public school life nationwide for nearly a decade.

In a White House speech, Mr. Obama plans to invite states that agree to overhaul low-performing schools and adopt more rigorous teacher evaluation systems to apply for relief from the Bush-era law’s 2014 deadline for bringing all students to proficiency in reading and math, as well as other unpopular provisions, senior administration officials said Thursday.

“To help states, districts and schools that are ready to move forward with education reform, our administration will provide flexibility from the law in exchange for a real commitment to undertake change,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released on Thursday. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will provide details of the waiver process in a lengthy guidance document to be sent to state governments on Friday, officials said.

“This is the beginning of the end of the No Child era,” said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research group. More



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