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April 20, 2012

'Secret Meeting' in South Carolina Held to Quash ESEA Waiver

South Carolina Superintendent Mick Zais said he walked into a meeting he wasn't invited to where U.S. Rep. James Clyburn and former South Carolina Governor Richard Riley were at work convincing Education Secretary Arne Duncan not to approved the state's waiver.

March 30, 2012

Think NCLB Waivers Mean an End to SES? Think Again

Florida got a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act giving districts freedom from having to set aside money for tutoring, but the state legislature stepped in and will keep the requirement for at least next school year.

March 26, 2012

State Chiefs to Duncan: Don't 'Undermine' Us With District Waivers

State education chiefs told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan they oppose the idea of federal officials bypassing states and working directly with districts on No Child Left Behind Act flexibility.

March 19, 2012

Education Department Pursues NCLB Waivers for Districts

Top U.S. Department of Education officials are signaling that once states are given a chance to apply for waivers in September during a third round of judging, federal officials plan to open up some sort of flexibility options for districts, too.

March 06, 2012

42 Judges Weighing Second-Round NCLB Waiver Applications

The U.S. Department of Education has doubled its team of peer reviewers as it weighs 27 applications for waivers under No Child Left Behind.

February 29, 2012

Calif. Seeks Its Own Version of an NCLB Waiver

California officials, saying the Obama administration's requirements for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act are unrealistic, nonetheless asks federal officials to provide their own version of flexbility.

February 29, 2012

26 States Plus D.C. Apply for NCLB Waivers in Second Round

Twenty-six more states, plus the District of Columbia, are seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind law. They will be notified by the U.S. Department of Education this spring if their applications pass muster.

February 24, 2012

Advocates Have Long Wish List for House Panel on ESEA Bills

It's official. On Tuesday, the House education committee will consider a pair of bills to remake the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

February 23, 2012

Ed. Dept. to Closely Monitor Subgroups in NCLB Waiver States

The U.S. Department of Education says it will make sure the states that win waivers under No Child Left Behind are providing "transparency" around subgroup performance—especially in states that are using a "super-subgroup."

February 16, 2012

Federal Role in K-12 at Heart of ESEA Hearing

During a hearing today on the House GOP bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act, lawmakers examined the role of the federal government in school turnarounds and teacher evaluations.

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