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NC among 26 states seeking relief from education law

Posted February 29, 2012

— The U.S. Education Department says more than half of all states have applied by this week's deadline to be freed from the strenuous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.

The Obama administration is allowing states that agree to improve how they prepare and evaluate students to get a waiver around the law.

Earlier this month, 11 states that applied for a waiver under an earlier deadline were given waivers.

North Carolina is among 26 states and the District of Columbia to submit requests by the latest deadline. All have proposed plans to raise standards, improve accountability, and support reforms to improve principal and teacher effectiveness, officials said.

“The best ideas to meet the needs of individual students are going to come from the local level. Like the first round of waiver applicants, these plans will protect children, raise the bar and give states the freedom to implement reforms that improve student achievement,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement.

If their plans are approved, the states will perform the following tasks:

  • Set performance targets based on whether students graduate from high school ready for college and career rather than having to meet NCLB’s 2014 deadline based on arbitrary targets for proficiency.
  • Design locally tailored interventions to help students achieve instead of one-size-fits-all remedies prescribed at the federal level.
  • Be free to emphasize student growth and progress using multiple measures rather than just test scores.
  • Have more flexibility in how they spend federal funds to benefit students.

The flexibility was developed with input from state and other education leaders across America under waiver authority granted to the U.S. Department of Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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  • abylelab -BT- Mar 2, 2012

    +++How about you raise the salary of educators and get the best qualified people for the job. Starting salary for a teacher in NC is insulting. Make teaching salaries a livable wage and no child will be left behind. :~)

    TMWSIY+++

    you also need to reform how teachers get through school. there are many that are discouraged based on the whim of the professor. we're missing out on some very passionate educators like that.

  • abylelab -BT- Mar 2, 2012

    +++Money for the teachers is only part of the solution. Discipline needs to be allowed back in the classrooms and schools again. Far too many kids have it in their heads that they rule the schools and their parents aid in that belief.
    ORMA+++

    agreed. i used to say when i sub'd at my old high school that they should go back to the days when a teacher could slap a kid upside the head. one teacher, who had three children in the school said, i don't know if i like that. i asked him, would your kids do anything to deserve it? he said "no" i said, well, there you have it...

  • abylelab -BT- Mar 2, 2012

    +++"Lets send the parents to school with the kids that are failing so they can help their chidren with homework and take care of their children that have not learned the meaning of the word RESPECT. sunshine1040"

    Good idea, and the parents can quit their jobs and get unemployment and welfare to support the families.
    fayncmike+++

    i think he/she was talking about the ones are already are on welfare.

  • Wendellcatlover Mar 1, 2012

    Knowing there was a looming deadline, why exactly didn't the state requesting waivers implement these changes before now??? Too little, too late in my view.

  • fayncmike Mar 1, 2012

    "Lets send the parents to school with the kids that are failing so they can help their chidren with homework and take care of their children that have not learned the meaning of the word RESPECT.
    sunshine1040"

    Good idea, and the parents can quit their jobs and get unemployment and welfare to support the families.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 29, 2012

    "Does this mean they will not have to take the End Of Grade test?"

    Unfortunately, students will still have to take the EOG. And because there's still so much pressure to get results, months, yes months will be wasted as students are tested, retested, remediated and practice tested to death.

  • ORMA Feb 29, 2012

    Money for the teachers is only part of the solution. Discipline needs to be allowed back in the classrooms and schools again. Far too many kids have it in their heads that they rule the schools and their parents aid in that belief.

  • veyor Feb 29, 2012

    Education needs to take a giant step "forward" to about 1954 or so. Most teachers would agree. Testing instead of learning coupled with no recourse whatsoever for misbehavior, including parental help, yields the miserable results of today, completely not the student's or the teacher's fault.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 29, 2012

    Lets send the parents to school with the kids that are failing so they can help their chidren with homework and take care of their children that have not learned the meaning of the word RESPECT.

  • TMWSIY Feb 29, 2012

    Starting Salary: $27,944

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