Federal Government Outlines Waiver Process for No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

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September 23, 2011 Today, President Obama outlined a new federal waiver process to allow states flexibility from some of NCLB's sanctions if they meet several conditions. Because Congress has not yet acted to reauthorize NCLB, at the beginning of the school year Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the Department of Education would be developing these waivers.

As the Department said today, "states can request flexibility from specific NCLB mandates that are stifling reform, but only if they are transitioning students, teachers, and schools to a system aligned with college- and career-ready standards for all students, developing differentiated accountability systems, and undertaking reforms to support effective classroom instruction and school leadership."

Each state will have to apply for this waiver, and the first application deadline is in November. Look for more information on this in this week's Capitol Update, including what California may do with this opportunity. You can also read more about the waiver at the Department's website.