« Ohio Judge Orders Disclosure of Charter Manager's Records | Main | N.Y.'s Cuomo Optimistic on Teacher Evaluation Guidelines »

Two New England States Hold Off on Waivers, for Now

As a second wave of states prepare to submit applications for waivers to the No Child Left Behind Act, a pair of New England states have said no thanks, at least for the time being.

New Hampshire and Maine officials said they won't be applying for the flexbility being offered by the Obama administration right away, citing the difficulty of putting in place a new accountability system, particularly in rural schools.

In a letter written jointly to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday, officials from the two states applauded the adminstration's goals through the waiver process but said "the current timeline and the waiver guidelines will not work in New Hampshire and Maine, a common reality for numerous rural states."

The states say they could still jump in the waiver game, after they look at the applications submitted in the first found. See my colleague Michele McNeil's post at Politics K-12 for more details.

The concerns about the waiver process' impact on rural schools is one that other holdout states have raised. See my previous story on their misgivings.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments