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District Waivers Worry State Education Chiefs

Alexander Russo | March 21, 2013

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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has expressed great enthusiasm for the 10-district effort to win a so-called “waiver” from some aspects of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which sets accountability rules and governs the distribution of billions in education funding from Washington.  California State Board of Education members recently voted in support of the effort, according to EdSource.

However, state education chiefs including California’s are expressing concerns about the district waiver idea, according to a new report from Education Week. The State Department of Education has been unable to win a statewide waiver of its own from Washington and previously raised questions about the Deasy-supported district waiver effort (called CORE), notes EdSource.  Now.

Up to now, NCLB waivers have only gone to states, not to districts, and it would be complicated for the state to oversee districts operating under different sets of rules, according to the state chiefs assembled in DC earlier this week. If granted, the waiver would free up an estimated $80 million in funding for support services and professional development, according to Deasy.

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