With a growing number of states rebelling against the No Child Left Behind law and stalled efforts in Congress to reform it, the Obama administration says it will grant waivers to liberate states from a law that it considers dysfunctional.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he is taking action because of “universal clamoring” from officials in nearly every state, who say they cannot meet the unrealistic requirements of the nine-year-old federal education law.
“The states are desperately asking for us to respond,” Duncan said in a conference call with reporters Friday.
Duncan and Melody Barnes, President Obama’s domestic policy adviser, were short on specifics but said they would release details in September, when they will begin weighing applications from any state that wants to be exempted from No Child Left Behind.
Administration officials said they will grant waivers to states that adopt standards designed to prepare high school graduates for college and careers, use a “flexible and targeted” accountability system for educators based on student growth and make “robust use of data,” among other things.”
Republican strategist KARL ROVE, reacting to remarks made by GOP presidential wannabe Rick Perry, in which he called Fed chairman Ben Bernanke “treasonous” and that “we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
Bernanke was appointed to his post by Rove’s former boss, George W. Bush.
I wonder if the Tea Party will also lecture Perry on toning things down.
What the concern is, of course, is that this is a foreshock. If it’s a foreshock, then the worst is yet to come.
…When something like this happens, everyone has to remember, more than half of the states in the U.S. are considered earthquake country. When something like this happens, remember what to do in the case of a seismic event. Duck, get under something sturdy like a desk or a doorway, get away from falling glass. Make sure that you are not in the way of falling objects like pictures, bookshelves, books, anything that’s not firmly connected to the wall.”
Director of the U.S. Geological Service MARCIA McNUTT, who watched items fall from shelves in her office during the East Coast Earthquake.
Oh, great. It’s not just aftershocks — we have to worry about foreshocks, too?