published Friday, July 29th, 2011

Tennessee seeks waiver from No Child Left Behind, Gov. Haslam says

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee is seeking a waiver to use its revamped education standards to measure schools instead of those mandated by No Child Left Behind.

The Republican governor and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman told reporters in a conference call today that the federal standards no longer serve the interest of education reform in Tennessee.

Haslam said he once preferred overhauling No Child Left Behind, “but indications out of Washington are that that doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.”

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has warned that 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled failures next year if the federal regulations aren’t changed.

Haslam also released results today that show only about half of Tennessee schools made “annual yearly progress,” or AYP, under No Child Left Behind.

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So the solution is to lower standards instead of changing things to ensure our schools meet the federal standards?

July 29, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
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Resetting the bar? Do you remember the limbo?

July 29, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.

Ah I get it. So the goal is to see how low we can go till we all fall down. Last one down is the winner!

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July 29, 2011 at 10:59 p.m.
Selah said...

Tennessee...low on the list for educating students yet telling the federal govt. that their standards are out of date??? No wonder Tennessee Schools and Hamilton Co. Schools continue to fail.

July 30, 2011 at 12:11 a.m.
esaletnik said...

But.. I'll bet that we rank higher in football compared to the rest of the country.

July 30, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

While few intelligent people support policies foisted on the public during the Bush administration, I am loathe to believe that our local Republican cronies have come up with anything better.

By asking for a waiver, what is the Governor proposing?

We can see through recent local decisions that the school board is more concerned about being tools for local payoff schemes than they concerned are about educating. If we ask to get out of President Bush's "education" plan, then what are we going to get instead? 19th Century Sunday School?

Most of our local school board members have demonstrated all the intellectual ability of the Flat Earth Society. What are we going to get next? History lessons from John Birch? Astronomy from people abducted by aliens? That's the level of dialog Tennessee Republicans have aligned themselves and their public image with.

We had one local clown try to tell us that we're an "intelligent" city because we are the most susceptible to intrusive internet marketing. Even in the mere acceptance of the definitions of common words we see that Tennessee's Republicans have chosen the most self-paying of the available options.

How are we to trust them with our children's future, when we see they can't make a decision that doesn't pay them a kickback, bribe or payoff?

And our alternative is "No Child Left Behind."

Maybe our alternative should be, Get an Education. As in, pay for public education. Elect responsible leaders. Stop mis-using the school board to fake some more budget lies into the local system. Actually pay for library and educational systems that look like they are within this century. In other words, abandon all recent Republican efforts and start imitating smart people.

July 30, 2011 at 11:52 a.m.
Selah said...

The one thing a can say good about former Pres. G. W. Bush is the NCLB legislation. One good outcome is the reality that our schools are falling and the poorest children are getting left behind regardless of the monetary efforts. Mostly, b/c of poor leadership and lack of leadership. If a leader can sit around for almost 30 years and allow children to fail without making noise, what hope can he be now?

July 30, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
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