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Thursday, February 09, 2012

CCSSO Statement on Waiver Announcement

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Today President Barack Obama announced that his Administration has approved 10 state waiver proposals that move beyond current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and present comprehensive reform plans focused on preparing every child for college and career.

Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) issued the following statement:

"The U.S. Department of Education approved the proposals of 10 states to implement new accountability systems that embrace college and career ready expectations, while replacing restrictive, antiquated provisions of No Child Left Behind. Today, Secretary Duncan demonstrated his support of state leadership and innovation, and recognized states' unwavering commitment to improving the quality of public education for all students.

NCLB is having a stifling effect on progress that is already underway in many states, and is no longer serving the needs of students. Now, 11 states have put forth comprehensive reform plans that collectively move us toward the goal of providing every student in the nation with a high quality education that prepares them for college and career. These new systems work off of the effective parts of NCLB to protect our most underserved students, and will help to deliver on our promise of high achievement for all students.

While we are pleased that a handful of states will now have the authority to enact improvements their education systems, we continue to call on Congress and the Administration to reauthorize of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Only an improved federal law will provide all states with a clear, long-term solution for meaningful education reform. In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Education and our members to ensure continued support for state leadership, and consistency and transparency in the waiver review process moving forward."

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