NCLB Waivers: Lessons From The Early States
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will testify today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about the flexibility waivers he’s issued to states from some of the more onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind.
From the Ed Trust’s president Kati Haycock, who will testify at today’s Senate hearing:
“When it became clear that Congress couldn’t reach agreement on a long-overdue reauthorization of the law, we understood the consequences of not granting some kind of flexibility,” Haycock said in a statement. “But supporting the concept of a waiver process is very different from supporting how that process moved forward or the final agreements that resulted. In the end, while some states showed real courage in the effort to move the needle on school improvement, far too many were allowed to create systems that weaken the civil rights commitments of federal law.”
For another perspective, Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss earlier posted a letter from a coalition in New Jersey concerned about inequities in the new accountability system when it came to minority students and those from low-income families.
And while we’re talking federal policy, you should also check out Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog for the latest on sequestration and the fiscal cliff, including President Obama’s call to Congress to keep those potentially devastating cuts from happening.