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April 29, 2014

Michigan Could Be Next State on Ed. Dept.'s NCLB Waiver Endangered List

Like Washington state, which became the first to get its waiver revoked, Michigan doesn't require assessment data to be used in teacher evaluations.

April 24, 2014

Arne Duncan Revokes Washington State's NCLB Waiver

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yanked Washington state's waiver Thursday, making the Evergreen State the first to lose flexibility from many of the mandates of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.

April 24, 2014

Arne Duncan Has Reached a Verdict on Washington State's Waiver

U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan has already decided whether to revoke Washington state's No Child Left Behind waiver, according to a Seattle Times story. But we still don't know exactly what the decision is.

April 18, 2014

At Long Last, Illinois Approved for No Child Left Behind Waiver

At long last, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has granted his home state of Illinois a waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 17, 2014

Ed. Dept. Allows Kansas to Use Field Tests for Students With Disabilities

After dropping out of Smarter Balanced, Kansas had to submit a special double-testing waiver to use common-core aligned field tests for students in special education.

April 16, 2014

Arne Duncan on Waivers, Common Core, and Teacher Prep

Here's an edited transcript of a 30-minute Q-and-A with the U.S. Secretary of Education, who touched on the important decisions he's facing in his remaining time in office.

April 09, 2014

Is the CORE Waiver in Trouble? Sacramento Bails on NCLB Flexibility

The California district and its teachers' union announced today they are withdrawing from a first-of-its-kind No Child Left Behind waiver the U.S. Department of Education granted less than a year ago.

March 24, 2014

A Good Turnaround Principal is Hard to Find, Urban Leaders Say

School turnarounds and new policies for school meal programs were among the issues highlighted at urban educators' annual legislative conference in Washington.

March 24, 2014

Waiver States Continue to Struggle With Turnarounds

Even states that won multimillion Race to the Top grants are having trouble supporting foundering schools.

March 20, 2014

Are There Growing Inconsistencies in Arne Duncan's NCLB Waiver Policy?

One month after approving a similar, though more limited, waiver for a district in Kansas, the U.S. Department of Education rejects a testing proposal from a South Carolina district.

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