Pa. Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis in Talks About a No Child Left Behind Waiver

Signaling his doubt that Congress plans to tackle a rewrite of the 11-year-old No Child Left Behind Act anytime soon, state Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis has begun talking about a Plan B for Pennsylvania.

Tomalis said in an interview this week, department officials have been talking with the U.S. Department of Education about what the state’s waiver request from the federal law might look like.

He said the request will be filed with the intention of applying it to this year’s Adequate Yearly Progress determinations for schools and districts that will be made in August or September.

Pennsylvania is one of the last states to pursue a waiver. So far, 33 states have been granted waivers from the law that requires all students to achieve 100 percent proficiency in reading and math by 2014.

Click here to read the full article by Jan Murphy published in the Patriot News (January 10, 2013).

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