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FW: NJ and other states to receive NCLB waiver

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  • Leonie Haimson
    The entire waiver process
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 9, 2012
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      The entire waiver process is an end run by Secretary of Education Duncan around Congress which has failed to agree on an reauthorization of NCLB.


      From: Stan Karp [mailto:SKarp@...]
      Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 10:12 AM
      To: NJSecondary
      Subject: NJ to receive NCLB waiver


      NJ is reportedly one of 10 states whose application for a waiver from NCLB regulations will be approved later today by the US Dept. of Education. The waiver is essentially a federal blank check (without significant funding) for Governor Christie’s “reform agenda” of massive increases in testing and state intervention in local schools and districts. The state’s waiver application included plans for more aggressive “school turnarounds,” expansion of charters, and privatization measures, including vouchers. It is unclear if any changes or conditions have been imposed on the partial “draft application” that was briefly made public last November.


      White House to Issue Waiver List on No Child Left Behind

      Wall Street Journal

      The states getting waivers are: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Eleven states applied for waivers from the law and 28 others and Washington, D.C., have told the U.S. Department of Education that they plan to apply in the next round.



      ELC asks USDOE to defer decisions on NJ’s waiver application

      ELC had requested deferral of the waiver decision to allow NJDOE to address glaring omissions, a lack of detail, and unanswered questions on critical elements of the application, including the unspecified costs of implementing the waiver proposals.


      The entire waiver process is an end run by Secretary of Education Duncan around Congress which has failed to agree on an reauthorization of NCLB.



      Education: States should do more to reach students

      Associated Press

      In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S. Education Department highlighted a similar weakness in nearly every application: States did not do enough to ensure schools would be held accountable for the performance of all students. The Obama administration praised the states for their high academic standards. But nearly every application was criticized for being loose about setting high goals and, when necessary, interventions for all student groups — including minorities, the disabled and low-income — or for failing to create sufficient incentives to close the achievement gap.


      A new, improved No Child Left Behind

      Alan R. Sadovnik And Paul L. Tractenberg, NorthJersey.com

      NCLB has ignored sociological research on both the role of schools and communities in challenging or reinforcing discrimination and inequality, and the powerful effects of poverty on educational outcomes. Despite its lofty ambitions, NCLB clearly has fallen so far short that it must be substantially retooled or replaced.


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