Washington loses bid to avoid sending out failing school letters

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington state won’t get a pass this summer on telling parents that their kids attend failing schools, the federal government says.

The U.S. Department of Education has denied Washington’s request to be exempted from that particular requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In April, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the federal law, meaning it will have to begin complying with the law’s provisions starting this fall. The 2002 law says schools that don’t meet federal achievement standards must notify parents that the schools are underperforming.

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