Should states turn down NCLB waivers?

08/9/2011 | Washington Post, The

States should turn down exemptions from No Child Left Behind being offered by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to Monty Neill, executive director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. He writes that while the federal education law does need to be changed, the waivers likely will come with too many strings attached. Neill predicts states that seek waivers will have to base teacher evaluations on students' test scores, and struggling schools likely will have to replace staff or privatize. His alternative: Education stakeholders should say "no more."

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