Two More States For Obama’s NCLB Flexibility Waivers

Today’s inbox brought an update from the U.S. Department of Education. Clicking on the link to the information site, the first paragraph that caught my eye was this:

Federal education law has been due for congressional reauthorization since 2007. In the face of congressional inaction, President Obama announced in September of 2011 that the Obama Administration would grant waivers from NCLB to qualified states.

The basic concepts of NCLB were positive, but the law as implemented had serious flaws because NCLB was not adequately thought out prior to passage and implementation by Congress. The spirit of the law was sound, but the basic policies were clearly written by non-educators. Because the country’s legislators continue to allow politics to interfere  with educational need, NCLB remains as federal mandate, taking away from states one of the Constitutional responsibilities given them. For years, state education departments and local school districts have struggled to implement NCLB, a law that made little sense for most educational systems. In too many cases, the legislated policies destroying promising local programs and even programs that were already successful in educating students to become informed and critically thoughtful citizens. Because NCLB milestones could not be reached, these states lost much federal financial support.

This week, the Obama Administration’s NCLB Flexibility Waiver program has reached the important milestone toward returning education to state control by adding two more states to the program. To date, 52% of states have submitted educational programs that have been approved for the waivers. That’s more than half of the states that have taken back control of educational policy with guidelines that address the most critical education needs of the individual state’s children while keeping to the spirit of NCLB.

Read more at the link below.

via Obama Administration Approves Two More States For Nclb Flexibility – More Than Half of the Country Now Approved for Waivers, More to Follow | U.S. Department of Education.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-approves-two-more-states-nclb-flexibility-more-half-country

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August Will Be “Connected Educator Month”

This item came across my desk in late June. U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan is declaring the entire month of August as “Connected Educator Month.” The idea is to get educators talking and learning about using technology and the Internet and sharing creative ways to connect their learners to the classroom via technology.

The site below discusses more about the intent of Connected Educator Month. Take a few minutes to read the announcement and how to become involved, whether through online forums or professional development or personal development.

via Secretary of Education Duncan Declares August “Connected Educator” Month — THE Journal.

URL: http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/06/26/education-secretary-announces-connected-educator-month.aspx

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Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/2/12 « Virtual School Meanderings

Sharing from the blog Virtual School Meanderings, research on online (virtual) education. The blogger provides several abstracts to what looks like some really exciting research.

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/2/12 « Virtual School Meanderings.

URL: http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/distance-educator-com-e-newsletter-7212/

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