If you ever needed proof that applying for a waiver is merely a formality and Washington State losing theirs was the example to scare all others, Oklahoma State Department of Education on Monday announced that its flexibility waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act is being reinstated for the current academic year just months after it was revoked.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi said at an afternoon press conference that the waiver will take effect immediately.
“We know that this will provide a little bit more stability and predictability to districts in how they administer their federal dollars and the options they provide their students,” she said. “It’s a good day and we’ve got good reason to have a great Thanksgiving now.”
Educators and state lawmakers alike blasted the late-August announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Oklahoma’s request for a one-year extension of its flexibility waiver had been denied.
At issue was whether Oklahoma’s PASS academic standards, which will be used until the state develops new reading and math standards, are “college- and career-ready,” as required by the federal education department.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education were still in the process of reviewing the standards in August. In mid-October, the Regents certified PASS as meeting the federal standards for “college- and career-ready.”
So as predicted in my previous article – there never was a real chance of SES tutoring returning to Oklahoma. Arne Duncan would rather stick needles in his eyes!<p id=”last”>
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