States to get leeway on school sanctions (AP)

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(AP)

More NCLB news today, courtesy of the AP.

An excerpt:

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Flanked by state Republican leaders, the nation’s top education official said increased flexibility for a select group of states under the No Child Left Behind law would help struggling students.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said up to 10 states will be able to dispense different sanctions to schools based on the degree to which they miss annual progress goals. She said the new method would give those states and their schools more power to target money to students having the most trouble keeping up.“We can’t afford to let struggling students and struggling schools slide further downhill,” Spellings told lawmakers, school administrators and others as she previewed the new approach in St. Paul. “We need triage, if you will, around those neediest students.”

The announcement Tuesday was the latest attempt to quell complaints about the law, which is up for renewal in Congress. So far, lawmakers trying to advance it haven’t gained much traction.

Under the law, schools that miss progress goals face escalating sanctions — including forced use of federal money for private tutoring, easing student transfers, and restructuring of school staff.

Spellings was joined Tuesday by state Republican leaders, including Sen. Norm Coleman, who faces a tough battle for re-election. The secretary said she chose Minnesota for the announcement because of its strong reputation for education accountability.

Minnesota’s education chief, Alice Seagren, said she doesn’t expect to apply for the pilot project because the program gives preference to states with longer lists of struggling schools.

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One Response

  1. GCS should just say “No”. They should tell the feds that they are going cold turkey on federal money and NCLB testing. If you do not take the money, you do not have to do the testing. Taking the federal money just brings complexity into delivering quality in schools.

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