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(ST. PAUL) – Today President Obama announced that Minnesota is one of ten states granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. States granted the waiver were required to submit an alternative plan for preparing students for college readiness, evaluating teachers and principals, rewarding schools top performing schools while focusing on improving low performing schools, and setting goals for student achievement.
State Representative Carlos Mariani (DFL – St. Paul), DFL Lead on the House Education Reform Committee participated in the MN Department of Education work group that advised the waiver request.
“With this waiver we are moving away from the flaws of NCLB but keeping the goals of ensuring our children’s success regardless of their income, race and language background. Using measurable goals, it has an aggressive purpose of greatly narrowing achievement gaps within 6 years while also having all students be ready for college. The waiver will also allow MN to powerfully highlight the strategies of our most successful schools to see how they can inform the policies of some of our lower performing schools. Our intent is to align the waiver with our current work of developing strong teacher and principal evaluations as major components in guaranteeing that all of Minnesota’s students receive a world class education."
“This waiver gets rid of the national 'one size fits all' approach of education reform and allows our state to develop strategies that reflect the unique challenges and opportunities facing our students and schools. This in turn allows Minnesota schools the ability to use federal K12 funds in the most efficient way for their students."
“Our children are depending on us to make the right decisions now that will ultimately define their future. It’s time to turn the page on education reform and move away from the status quo of the NCLB."