Feds: Wis. Proposal for Education Waiver Lacking

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wisconsin's application for flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind law is at risk of being denied, according to a federal review that found the state's proposal for holding schools accountable vague and deficient.

The U.S. Education Department wrote a letter to state education officials last month saying that a peer review panel found deficiencies in the state's waiver application. The letter was released to the Wisconsin State Journal ( http://bit.ly/JNSpxh) in response to an open-records request.

"This letter shows that (the Department of Public Instruction) hasn't been concrete enough about what they're going to do," said Doug Harris, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of education and public policy who reviewed the letter. "They would have to make major changes of the sort the state has never been willing to make. Given that, I think it's fair to say it is in jeopardy."

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