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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 18, 2014

Tennessee, Arne Duncan's Show Horse, Set to Delay PARCC Tests for One Year

A plan in Tennessee to delay the administration of PARCC tests by one year is heading to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.

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.

April 09, 2014

Loss of NCLB Waiver Looms for Washington State This Month

Evergreen State is on course to become the first state to lose its flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 09, 2014

Washington State Appears Headed for Waiver Revocation, Sources Say

An official announcement could come later this month—and, if the waiver is pulled, as expected, the move would make the Evergreen State the first to lose its flexibility.

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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