Conn. Mulls Seeking Waiver to ‘No Child’ Law

Posted by jcashman

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut education officials are considering whether to request a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law, potentially giving school districts some breathing room on deadlines for meeting stringent testing requirements.

Several states are seeking waivers to the 2001 law, which the Obama administration also wants to overhaul.

The Connecticut state Board of Education has not yet decided whether to seek a waiver. Board Chairman Allan Taylor says he thinks Connecticut and all other states will probably need them, though, because the law’s requirements are nearly impossible to meet without significant funding.

The federal government’s waivers would come with a requirement for districts to pursue certain reforms backed by the Obama administration.

They range from tougher evaluation systems educators to programs addressing achievement gaps between white and minority students.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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