Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We may have company . . .

I thought you might like to know that Wyoming may be joining Washington in losing their NCLB waiver.  According to this report from Education week they are in jeopardy because the state's accountability model does not meet federal expectations and they have taken the position that no changes will be made to the state plan to meet the requirements of the federal department.

The letter also quotes this statement from the education policy adviser to Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead: "[A]bsolutely no change to the Wyoming accountability model may be undertaken in order to satisfy the feds in exchange for a (sic) NCLB waiver."

We know from experience that if you push back with the wrong button you get slapped with a waiver loss.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out in Wyoming.  in a previous post I shared how Indiana's waiver is also in trouble.  If both states were to join us that would be thousands more letters to parents about "failing schools" that might be enough to force action at the federal level to limit the department's reach and finally reauthorize ESEA the driver behind NCLB.

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