Vermont Drops Waiver Request for No Child

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vermont has decided to drop its request to the U.S. Department of Education for flexibility in enacting key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law.

With Congress unwilling to tackle the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, President Obama last year said that his administration would allow states to apply for a waiver which would give states flexibility in how they meet the strict requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Vermont was one of 37 states to seek the waiver, but last month the U.S. Department of Education said Vermont needed to provide more information to the federal agency before it would be allowed to ease up on the NCLB requirements.

At the State Board of Education meeting this month the board voted unanimously to drop its request.

Vermont originally assumed that it would be able to create its own measurements for progress and teacher qualifications, but State Board of Education Chairman Stephan Morse said it became apparent that even with the waiver, many of the same restrictions would be in place.

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