Education secretary will waive key education reform requirement

Aug. 11, 2011
Arne Duncan says states won't have to meet some No Child Left Behind provisions

From The Washington Times: Within hours of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement that he will grant waivers from federal mandates, several states announced that they would apply for relief. Many others are expressing interest, pending the release of more details next month.

Earlier....From The New York Times: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014. Duncan says he is acting because Congress has failed to rewrite the law, which he called a “slow-motion train wreck.” He is waiving the law’s proficiency requirements for states that have adopted their own testing and accountability programs and are making other strides toward better schools.

Also...News release from the Department of Education.

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