Florida officially submits its No Child Left Behind waiver request
After receiving resident input on its draft, the Florida Department of Education formally has put in for its flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind mandates, meeting today's application deadline. You can see the application here.
President Obama announced earlier in the fall that he would allow states to remove themselves from some of the federal standards, after Congress made no movement toward reauthorizing the law. At least 37 states indicated they would seek waivers.
Some states, such as California, appeared unlikely to pursue the flexibility, though, saying the cost of implementing changes to qualify would be too expensive. Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson did not express such concerns.
"The ESEA flexibility request will help strengthen Florida’s accountability system and aims to support all of our students in their endeavors toward achieving academic success," Robinson said in a news release.
The USDOE is expected to announce its decisions on the waivers as early as January. See our interview about Florida's waiver request with former chancellor Mike Grego for additional information.