Minn. To Aim For Waiver To No Child Left Behind

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will resubmit its bid to get out of some federal No Child Left Behind requirements after President Barack Obama outlined a plan Friday to grant states waivers from the Bush-era education policy.

State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius told reporters on a conference call with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that the state will “tweak” a waiver application it originally submitted in August. Cassellius joined Obama and Duncan for Obama’s announcement in Washington.

The state has been seeking freedom from some testing requirements and sanctions tied to the federal law.

Cassellius says Minnesota has pursued policy changes that fit with Obama’s priorities, including new ways to evaluate teachers and principals.

Obama’s plan would let states ask the Education Department for exemptions from the law’s requirements if they meet certain conditions.

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  • I'm Just Sayin'

    This is great news for he schools as their funding will not be cut, BUT what about the kids? Politics aside the last administration did this to help people identify schools that are not educating kids and to help parents make informed decisions on where to educate their children. The current system is failing our children. Kids today can not compete in the global job market. So great, let schools opt out of this, but what is this administration and the school districts going to do to better educate our children and prepare them for their future?

    • Nicole K.

      By getting this waiver the schools will be better able to help ALL students learn, because right now teachers have to teach to the test in order to teach the students what will be on the test so the students will hopefully be able to pass the high stakes test and avoid being put on a list saying the school is “failing.” The waiver will allow teachers to teach to the students in the class without fear of being placed on a list and loosing funding.

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