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August 21, 2015

NCLB Waivers Renewed for Four States; South Dakota's Put on 'High Risk'

Unlike last week's renewals, in which each state locked in generous three-year waiver extensions, this round of states secured only a one-year renewal.

August 10, 2015

New Database Aims to Lower Number of Florida Charter School Closures

The National Alliance for Public School Authorizers has created the Charter Operator Tracker for Florida authorizers, which are primarily school districts.

August 06, 2015

Connecticut Wins Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

Under the state's renewed No Child Left Behind waiver, schools won't have to count the achievement of ELLs who have been in the country for less than two years for accountability purposes.

August 06, 2015

Florida, Idaho Join Largest ELL Consortium

With the two additions, membership in WIDA, World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, is now at 36 states.

August 05, 2015

Miami-Dade Schools Take Steps to Overhaul Spanish-Language Instruction

The district plans to undertake a $4 million curriculum overhaul and launch a new graduate certificate program to develop more qualified foreign language instructors.

July 21, 2015

When Should ELL Test Results Matter Under the ESEA?

It's an issue to watch as Congress rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--and as states are approved for waiver renewals under the current law.

June 26, 2015

Florida Financial Literacy Efforts Hit Snag

Florida's governor vetoed funding for a financial literacy mandate, raising questions about the status of such efforts in that state.

June 18, 2015

More States Seek Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.

June 01, 2015

Obama Administration Grants NCLB Waiver to Florida Tribal School

The U.S. Department of Education is taking the unusual step of giving a single, tribal school flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

May 28, 2015

Miami-Dade Postpones Proposed Changes to Foreign Language Instruction

Amid growing criticism of his "extended foreign language" program, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will convene a task force to develop proposals that could roll out during the 2016-17 school year.

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