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Kansas Board of Education OKs No Child waiver

February 15, 2012

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— The Kansas Board of Education has approved the state's request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Members voted Wednesday to support the waiver's submission to the U.S. Department of Education. If granted, Kansas schools would no longer face a 2014 deadline for ensuring that 100 percent of their students perform well on state tests.

After Congress failed to change the law, President Barack Obama told states last fall they could seek a waiver around the unpopular proficiency requirements in exchange for actions his administration favors.

Kansas officials plan to submit it by Feb. 28, the deadline for the second round of requests. Ten states were granted waivers last week from the first round of requests.

Comments

Alceste 3 years, 6 months ago

Good deal: We NEED to keep these kids dumb and un as well as under educated so they'll work for the low wages ever so many Kansas employers pay. Great move. Good thinking.

Deb Engstrom 3 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't you rather have teachers teach the subject matter in which they are proficient than teach kids to take tests. Also, the fact that 100 percent of students will be proficient on state assessments is ridiculous and to judge schools on that standard is even worse.

Tracy Rogers 3 years, 6 months ago

Obviously Alceste is one of those "under educated".

WTF 3 years, 6 months ago

Clearly you are either uneducated yourself Alceste, or to lazy to see what NCLB really does. If a child does not display the ability to pass a grade level, guess what? NCLB says move them along anyway. No more holding a child back to ACTUALLY learn.

It requires mandated 100% proficiency in a few years. This includes children with learning disabilities, which makes this goal unrealistic. It would punish schools for not achieving the 100%, even though that goal cannot be reached no matter how well the kids are taught.

It was a foolish law, and continues to be so. The federal government has no business in education.

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