On Friday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright stated that VA will most likely seek exemptions from particular parts of the No Child Left Behind law.
According to Wright, VA already has high standards of education and explained that the waiver application to the No Child Left Behind law will be probably be submitted in February.
President Obama’s modification to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law would allow states to ask the Department of Education for exemptions from parts of the conditions of the federal law, including a mandate that all children demonstrate their proficiency in reading and math by 2014.
Before individual states can opt out of portions of No Child Left Behind, they would have to meet certain conditions like setting standards to prepare students for college and careers.
Virginians, and teachers in VA in particular, can breathe a huge sigh of relief now that the burdensome No Child Left Behind law are about to be shrugged off by VA.
The mass exodus away from No Child is of course a big blow to the legacy as president of the last President Bush (as if he needed another policy black-eye).
But now VA has to figure out what will work best for its students at present and in the future. Merely having “high standards” won’t suffice for academic and, ultimately, real world success.
There will be a good deal of political bickering, but whatever the eventual outcome, it’s hard to imagine a worse educational system than that promoted by No Child Left Behind.