The state becomes the 11th to be given flexibility from some provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act in the first-round of waivers granted by the U.S. Department of Education.
States that need more time to work on their NCLB waiver proposals can seek a one-year freeze in their annual achievement targets to keep the list of schools not making AYP from growing.
The peer reviewers who judged the first round of No Child Left Behind waiver proposals found significant weaknesses in state plans, especially concerning special education students and English learners.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to pump up the administration's proposal for a brand new $5 billion competitive grant program to get states and districts to work with teachers, unions, education schools and others to totally retool the teaching profession.
In a letter from Maine's Stephen Bowen and New Hampshire's Virginia Barry sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today, the two said they need more time to figure out how to make the department's requirements for a waiver under No Child Left Behind mesh with their rural states
Obama is asking for $5 billion for a new competitive grant fund aimed at teacher quality, and an $850 million extension of his Race to the Top franchise. But major formula programs, such as Title I, would see flat funding, advocates say.
A majority of urban districts think SIG will make a difference in the long-run for schools that are struggling the most, according to a report released today by the Council of the Great City Schools, an organization in Washington which represents 65 of the nation's largest school districts.
Ten states were granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act today: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennesse—some of them conditionally. New Mexico will have to wait.
The federal role in K-12 education would be almost entirely eviscerated under a bill introduced today by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
President Obama is expected to make some big asks on higher-education, including a Race to the Top for colleges, in his budget proposal, due out Monday.