MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin was not among eight states approved Tuesday for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, but state officials say they still are modifying some details of their application and expect to be approved in the next couple months
Wisconsin officials last month received a U.S. Education Department letter, which was obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal, saying that a peer review panel found deficiencies in the state’s waiver application. It said Wisconsin had a number of commendable proposals but they were too short on detail.
John Johnson, Education Information Services director for the state Department of Public Instruction, said Wisconsin is working with federal officials on changes and he expects a modified application to be approved within a month or two.
Modified application is code for bending over further for Arne Duncan and federal intrusion.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will continue its effort to get a waiver from the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act even though state laws governing teacher evaluations are likely why it hasn’t received one, the state’s education director said.
Gov. Terry Branstad’s education reform bill included evaluation proposals that would have met the guidelines. But the Legislature didn’t adopt those proposals this year. Instead, the education reform bill signed into law last week called for a task force to study the issue and to offer recommendations to lawmakers during the 2013 session.
States wanting to bypass NCLB penalties were first given the option in 2011 to propose alternative accountability systems. To gain approval, states must pass college- and career-readiness standards, create a new system for gauging academic performance and improve teacher evaluations.
Like I said, if NCLB is so bad and punitive why such stipulations on the waivers. The game is Arne Duncan wants to inject more federal control of local schools. Also, Duncan waivers allows school districts to use NCLB funding to supplant Race to The Top imitative. Forcing states to adopt Race to The Top to gain desperately needed funding and bowing to the federal intrusion of the NCLB waivers will allow Arne Duncan to suggest states are buying into reforming NCLB to mirror Race to The Top. Smoke , mirrors and lies!
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church invites the community to celebrate its annual Greek Festival, Tuesday June 5 – Saturday June 9, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at 9th and Broom Streets in Wilmington.
Experience a bit of Greece and enjoy the food, fun and family features that the Greek Festival has to offer. Enjoy popular Greek foods like gyro and souvlaki under a warm summer sky. Homemade traditional comfort foods like mousaka, pastichio, dolmades and spanokopita are served in the Hellenic Community Center from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday. Menu
NCLB introduced annual testing of students and the publication of progress reports. It led to some schools being listed as deficient, much to the dismay of parents, teachers and local politicians. The political left soon objected to the ratings. The political right followed with objection of top-heavy federal restrictions. In the end, no one in Congress would update the law. So panic set in as the 2014 deadline approached. The Obama administration has set down its own standards for states seeking a waiver.
NCLB introduced more opportunities for testing companies and textbook suppliers to make money, more opportunities for education consultants, more opportunities to expand administration positions and more opportunities for local political bedfellows to set up SES services. Also, lets not forget this NCLB aka the Bush Family retirement plan OK’d by Obama. The standards set down by Obama for waivers proves federal takeover of local school authority. Furthermore, if NCLB is so evil and harmful to children why must state apply for waivers? Why do some state get the wavier and others not?
Delaware got its this week. It will go through testing and evaluations. It also will accept a new national “common core” standard. New, more flexible goals have been set.
Flexible could mean nothing but loopholes and means of deceptions to ensure Race to The Top is working to justify expanding administration, consultants and further federal intrusion. Race to The Top is a federal grant not law! Goal one was to get financially strapped states to buy in and then twist RTTT into ESEA re-authorization. When President Johnson signed ESEA into law in 1965 there were assurances that kept federal intrusion into local control in check! Now in 2012 there is assurances the federal government will be intrusive.
For now, everyone is all smiles. But it’s best to be careful. Reality has spoiled things before.
And when federal funding runs short local taxpayers will foot the bill. Delaware legislators allowed the state board of education the authority to approve state education regulations that are aligned with Governor Markell’s personal political agenda without fiscal-note to ensure financial sustainability once the Race to The Top “grant” runs dry in about two more years. The local school district now have the flexibly to take NCLB “funding” and apply it to RTTT agendas. Monies meant for SES funding will now go towards sustaining teacher bonuses.
The federal government can’t effectively run itself without exceeding its own budget and now they want control of our local schools. The difference is, local schools and state DOE must adhered to established budgets and don’t have the luxury of exceeding the their budget. Using NCLB funding for RTTT compliance is a fool’s journey and a local school taxpayer’s nightmare. You can bet when the $$$$ shit hits the fan the likes of Sokola and Schooley will be ready to retire rather that face the fact they supported the biggest ponzi scheme that hit public education. The winner once again will be Wall Street and Jack Markell’s stock portfolio.
The Student Success Act offers a better way forward for education reform by:
• Returning responsibility for student achievement to states, school districts, and parents, while maintaining high expectations.
• Providing states and school districts greater flexibility to meet students’ unique needs. • Investing limited taxpayer dollars wisely.
• Strengthening programs for schools and targeted populations.
• Maintaining and strengthening long-standing protections for state and local autonomy
Secretary’s Authority: The bill protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom and limits the authority of the Secretary of Education. The legislation: (1) prohibits the Secretary from imposing conditions on states and school districts in exchange for a waiver of federal elementary and secondary education law; (2) prevents the Secretary from creating additional burdens on states and districts through the regulatory process, particularly in the areas of standards, assessments,and state accountability plans; (3) prohibits the Secretary from demanding changes to state standards and influencing and coercing states to enter into partnerships with other states; and (4) outlines specific procedures the Secretary must follow when issuing federal regulations and conducting peer review processes for grant applications, including publicly releasing the identity of peer reviewers, that will bring greater transparency
THE STUDENT SUCCESS ACT
Eliminates AYP and replaces it with state-determined accountability systems, thereby returning authority for measuring student performance to states and school districts.
Eliminates federally mandated actions and interventions currently required of poor performing schools, giving states and districts maximum flexibility to develop appropriate school improvement strategies and rewards for their schools.
Repeals federal “Highly Qualified Teacher” requirements.
Maintains the requirement that states and school districts issue and distribute annual report cards, including disaggregated data on student achievement and high school graduation rates while also streamlining data reporting to ensure meaningful information is easily available to parents and communities.
Allows states and school districts to use federal funds across certain federal programs to address their own unique needs.
Eliminates the 40 percent poverty threshold for schoolwide programs, allowing all Title I schools to operate whole school reform efforts with Title I money.
Removes all “Maintenance of Effort” or MOE requirements, allowing states and school districts to set their own funding levels for elementary and secondary education.
Maintains the law’s Supplement, not Supplant requirements, which ensure that federal dollars are used on top of state and local resources, protecting the traditional federal role in education.
Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by limiting the authority of the secretary of education.
Kilroy says the above propose legislation will never see a full congressional vote. This legislation is nothing but political rhetoric. The Democrats and Republicans are so aligned with Obama / Duncan’s Race to The Top and other feed the Wall Street crooks we’ll never get relief from the misguided education agenda.
Here is Delaware not one peep from Republicans running for office about the whore love affair with Arne Duncan. Markell is a real buddy of Arne Duncan. He runs to Washington and gives Duncan a BJ and brings one back for the Skipper. But don’t worry, Markell will put Remarkable Mark on the fast track on how to use the golden D.C. knee-pads.
Congressman John Kline (R) Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee needs to step-down and disengage himself from this committee. It appears Arne Duncan owns Congressman Kline.
Breaking!! Rick Jensen to rushed to the state hospital! Kilroy and Transparent Christina to be on-air
Tune into the Rick Jensen Show on WDEL @ 3 p.m.. Kilroy’s Delaware and Transparent Christina will be on-air guests. I have a hunch afterwards the WDEL program manager will have Rick Jensen rush to the state hospital. A 10 second delay will be put in place in case Kilroy says the F-word.
The topic will be NCLB and the NCLB waivers.
You may consider going to WDEL.com to listen in via the internet. Otherwise you might need to have you kid climb on the house with coat-hanger wired to the family radio. That 5 watt radio transmitter on Shipley Road can barely get a signal out to Route 202.
The legislation was proposed by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2001. It was coauthored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA), and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH). The United States House of Representatives passed the bill on May 23, 2001 (voting 384–45), and the United States Senate passed it on June 14, 2001 (voting 91–8).President Bush signed it into law on January 8, 2002.
No Child Left Behind requires all government-run schools receiving federal funding to administer a state-wide standardized test annually to all students. This means that all students take the same test under the same conditions. Schools which receive Title I funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in test scores (e.g. each year, its fifth graders must do better on standardized tests than the previous year’s fifth graders).
If the school’s results are repeatedly poor, then steps are taken to improve the school.
Schools that miss AYP for a second consecutive year are publicly labeled as being “in need of improvement” and are required to develop a two-year improvement plan for the subject that the school is not teaching well. Students are given the option to transfer to a better school within the school district, if any exists.
Missing AYP in the third year forces the school to offer free tutoring and other supplemental education services to struggling students.
If a school misses its AYP target for a fourth consecutive year, the school is labelled as requiring “corrective action,” which might involve wholesale replacement of staff, introduction of a new curriculum, or extending the amount of time students spend in class.
A fifth year of failure results in planning to restructure the entire school; the plan is implemented if the school fails to hit its AYP targets for the sixth year in a row. Common options include closing the school, turning the school into a charter school, hiring a private company to run the school, or asking the state office of education to run the school directly.