No Child Left Behind Act http://www.kplu.org en With Wash. State's NCLB Waiver Now Gone, Seattle Schools Seeks Its Own Exemption http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-states-nclb-waiver-now-gone-seattle-schools-seeks-its-own-exemption <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158033270&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Earlier this year, Washington became&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-becomes-first-state-lose-no-child-left-behind-waiver">the first state</a>&nbsp;in the nation to lose&nbsp;its reprieve from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Now, Seattle Public Schools wants to become the first district in the nation to regain that flexibility on its own.</p><p>Superintendent Jose&nbsp;Banda&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=314731&amp;sessionid=4351745d87b40d02e2daadccb37a6e6d" target="_blank">sent a letter</a>&nbsp;Wednesday asking for a Seattle-specific waiver from the outdated federal law.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:08:36 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17653 at http://www.kplu.org With Wash. State's NCLB Waiver Now Gone, Seattle Schools Seeks Its Own Exemption After Wash. Loses NCLB Waiver, Feds Show Leniency To Other States http://www.kplu.org/post/after-wash-loses-nclb-waiver-feds-show-leniency-other-states <p>Washington may&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">be the only state to lose control over millions in federal education funding over its failure to pass a new teacher evaluation system, at least in the near future.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than a month after Washington state <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-becomes-first-state-lose-no-child-left-behind-waiver">became the first state to lose its waiver</a> from the No Child Left Behind Act, the feds are showing leniency to other states, according to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/05/us_department_of_education_to_.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">report by Education Week</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those states passed laws creating teacher evaluation systems that they're now struggling to implement.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But state officials say that leniency will not extend as far as Washington, which failed to pass a similar law.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:43:36 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16475 at http://www.kplu.org After Wash. Loses NCLB Waiver, Feds Show Leniency To Other States Why Invest In Preschools? Tacoma Teacher Explains http://www.kplu.org/post/why-invest-preschools-tacoma-teacher-explains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When federal education officials <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-becomes-first-state-lose-no-child-left-behind-waiver">revoked Washington state's waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act</a>, they hung a cloud of uncertainty over the early childhood education programs Tacoma School District offers.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:32:51 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16278 at http://www.kplu.org Why Invest In Preschools? Tacoma Teacher Explains Washington Becomes First State To Lose 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-becomes-first-state-lose-no-child-left-behind-waiver <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146364970&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pulled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/where-fate-wash-states-education-waiver-now-stands-and-why-it-matters">Washington state's waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act&nbsp;on Thursday</a>, making it the first state to lose flexibility from the outdated law.</p><p>The move revokes Washington school districts' flexibility in spending <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=243">nearly $40 million in federal funding</a>&nbsp;tied to the law,&nbsp;and replaces many of the 2001 law's most stringent rules designed to hold schools accountable for students' test scores.</p><p>"Today’s news from Secretary Duncan is disappointing but not unexpected,"&nbsp;Gov. Jay&nbsp;Inslee&nbsp;<a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=243">said in a statement</a>. "I hope districts will work to mitigate impacts on students. I know that despite this setback Washington teachers remain fully committed to serving our students."</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:11:23 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16247 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Becomes First State To Lose 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver