Kentucky Dept. of Ed Uses State Education Reform As Basis for NCLB Waiver

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Citing the strength of historic public education reforms already under way in Kentucky, the state on Monday submitted its application asking to be relieved of some requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The application met a nationwide deadline for states that planned to ask the U.S. Department of Education for relief from some parts of the Bush-era law that lawmakers in Washington are still attempting to rework.

"We're very confident that Kentucky's application for flexibility ... meets all of the criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education," Terry Holliday, Kentucky's commissioner of education, said in an email. "And, we believe that our public school accountability model exceeds the basic requirements, while retaining an intense focus on the ultimate goal of college and career readiness for all students."

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