As Congress continues to delay reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), many states, including Utah, are requesting waivers from parts of the federal law, and some states are being openly defiant about it. With all this waiver action, due to congressional inaction, prognostications for the future of NCLB are bleak.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called NCLB a “slow-motion train wreck,” and as Utah Superintendent Larry Shumway observed, “Pretty soon all the schools will be failing in America, and at that point the law becomes meaningless.” Shumway predicts: “States are going to sit and watch federal accountability implode. We’re seeing the end of an era.”
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