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Where's Florida's No Child Left Behind waiver proposal?



Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson has made clear his intent to seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, saying conflicts between the state and federal accountability systems create more confusion than clarity.


"Florida simply seeks relief from regulations to better educate our students and to create a learning environment to support our teachers and principals," Robinson said in a recent blog post.

Since then, there's been little to see. Officials tell the Gradebook they're working on the waiver application. And now they want your input.

"Check out the resources at and provide your comments through the email address and the online survey," the department says in a new blog post this morning. (We couldn't find a link to the survey.) "Your feedback will be vital as we refine the framework to help our students further their education."

Better hurry, though. The department is looking to have a draft application done by Monday.

In related news, McClatchy reported this week that no waivers will be denied. Robinson pledged that in seeking a waiver, Florida won't be getting rid of accountability or lowering standards. Some concerns have been raised that states might head back to the old days where they set their own marks, which vary widely and offer a false sense of achievement. 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:54am]


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