1. UGH

    WA Loses No Child Left Behind Waiver

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21:  Education Secretary Arne Duncan speak during a visit J.O. Wilson Elementry School. On March 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Attorney General Holder and Secretary Duncan participated in discussion on the importance of universal access to preschool and the need to reduce unnecessary and unfair school discipline practices.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    The state of Washington has had its waiver from implementing No Child Left Behind taken away. The unpopular Bush-era standards-based education reform law ties funding to testing at certain grade levels. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that the waiver would not be renewed because the state has not followed through on promises it made on teacher and principal evaluation. As a result, the state will no longer have flexibility when it comes to spending $40 million in federal funds. A total of 43 states have been approved for waivers. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee laid the blame at the state legislature’s feet, pointing out that the changes required for the waiver needed legislative action which the body failed to act upon.

    Read it at The Washington Post