Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Waiving NCLB Requirements Has Given States $3 Billion in Additional Funding

by Colonel on February 7, 2013

“[T]he U.S. government has been able to send some states an additional $2.8 billion in total for schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said at a Senate hearing on Thursday.

No Child Left Behind, the major federal schools law passed in 2001, tied funding to students’ performance on standardized tests, and penalized schools for “failing” – measures that educators and lawmakers, including Duncan, have said were too restrictive.

The law nominally expired five years ago and states have operated under funding extensions. …

In late 2011, Obama offered states waivers to some parts of No Child Left Behind, as long as they followed his requirements on college preparation, testing and boosting graduation rates.

So far, 34 states and the District of Columbia have been able to waive out of No Child requirements. Duncan said his agency is still considering “seven to eight requests.”

” — Lisa Lambert, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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