» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 127 | NO. 141 | Friday, July 20, 2012

Miss. Granted No Child Left Behind Waivers

AP

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Comments ()

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi interim state superintendent Lynn House says a waiver from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law means schools will have more flexibility with public education.

"It will allow us an opportunity to institute better practices in our schools and make a difference in the lives of our students," House said in a statement Wednesday.

Mississippi was among six states and the District of Columbia that were granted waivers Wednesday from the Bush-era law.

All told, 32 states have now been granted waivers; four others have outstanding requests.

States granted waivers will be exempt from the law's requirement that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014 — a goal the nation is still far from reaching. In its place, the Education Department has approved state plans aimed at improving low-performing schools, increasing teacher efficiency and preparing students for college and careers.

House said Mississippi's waiver request focused "on an aggressive plan for turning around lower-performing schools, identifying effective teaching methods, and increasing state and district accountability."

"The waiver includes incentives for student growth, ambitious performance targets in math and reading/language arts, and closing the gap between student groups," she said.

Mississippi applied for the waiver in February.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Temporarily unavailable
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 70 224 13,880
MORTGAGES 105 298 18,124
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 39 3,544
BUILDING PERMITS 0 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 81 211 13,214
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 68 4,773
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 103 307 20,206
MARRIAGE LICENSES 39 72 4,269

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.