Iowa to Take 2nd Run at Federal Education Waiver

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Officials at the U.S. Department of Education said Iowa's attempt to get a federal education waiver lacks clarity and contains "low expectations" in some categories.

But they also gave the state high marks for "particularly strong" programs that focus on student achievement and a plan for teacher and school leader evaluation.

Iowa is one of 26 states and the District of Columbia seeking a waiver from some of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The letter from Acting Assistant Secretary of Education Michael Yudin to Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass gave the state until May 1 to submit revisions to its application to move the process forward.

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