In a much anticipated ruling, the Education Dept. (DoEd) approves the first-ever No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver on the school district level, granting relief to a consortium of eight California districts serving ore than 1 million students. The districts will gain flexibility in spending more than $100 million of existing Title I funds now set aside for private tutoring, transportation and other NCLB programs intended to improve student performance. In exchange, the eight school districts will implement a new accountability system tying student test scores to teacher evaluations. The waivers will be in effect for the school year beginning in August. They applied under the umbrella organization California Office to Reform Education (a.k.a., CORE). Reshaping the Education Landscape The district-level waiver could reshape the education landscape, opening the door for other district consortium applications. For example, most of the districts involved plan to move away from tutoring by third-party vendors and instead offer other intervention [...]
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