The San Francisco Unified School District could be considered for a No Child Left Behind waiver independent of the state.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is talking with school districts about how to free them from unworkable parts of the federal law, signaling he is open to an approach he long tried to avoid. Read More
The U.S. Department of Education rejecting California’s request for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act should come as no surprise. Despite acknowledging in a Dec. 21 letter that “California is obligated to follow current laws and regulations to ensure continued access” to $353 million in federal funding, the state Board of Education gets an “F” for effort. Read More
For nearly two decades, public school educators have been trying to close, or at least narrow, the race- and income-based achievement gaps in graduation rates and test scores. The movement, which became a mandate with passage of the No Child Left Behind Act during President George W. Bush’s first term, has become an obsession. Read More
Although most California schools posted gains on standardized tests this year, federal law requires the majority to be labeled as failing, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.
It is a contradiction that has California education officials beseeching Washington for a waiver from the controversial No Child Left Behind law. Read More
When San Francisco school board members voted last fall to let students choose whether their information goes into a military recruiting database, they didn’t expect a call from the Department of Defense. But after months hashing out legal language with military lawyers, board members say a revised resolution they will vote on next month should be airtight. Read More
The vast majority of San Francisco public schools may be in trouble this year unless California gets a waiver from a controversial federal law that requires sanctions for schools that don’t meet test-score targets.Last week, California schools chief Tom Torlakson pleaded with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to spare California from No Child Left Behind, the 2002 law that set up a nationwide system of standardized testing. Read More
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Friday that he will soon be granting waivers to selected states exempting them from the reading and math proficiency requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, which was President George W. Bush’s signature accomplishment in education reform.
According to Duncan, as many as 82 percent of U.S. schools could be deemed failing this year under standards established by NCLB. Read More
History will no longer be offered to freshmen at Lowell High School. It is being replaced with a career-planning course that school district officials say will better prepare students for higher education.San Francisco Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Janet Schulze said the new curriculum will focus on what students need to take during high school to be able to apply for college. Read More
President Obama urged Congress Monday to overhaul the nation's central education law before the next school year, asking for an injection of new money for instruction at a time when lawmakers are wary of rubber-stamping any program that would deepen the red ink on the balance sheets. Read More
A survey of 18 urban Trial Urban School Districts by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) indicates that not much has changed despite No Child Left Behind and the millions of dollars spent to raise test scores in urban areas. Read More