The U.S. Department of Education has again rightfully approved Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver. The request again gives Kentucky’s public schools flexibility on several provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, former President George W. Bush’s major education initiatives. The No Child Left Behind Act now is known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA.
In granting the waiver, the U.S. Department of Education is essentially saying that the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 — passed 11 years earlier than No Child Left Behind — holds Kentucky children to achievement standards that are just as high, if not higher, than ESEA.
“We are grateful to USDE for allowing us to continue on our path to continuous improvement,” state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said. “But this is only a stopgap measure. What Kentucky and all other states need is a long-term plan for moving public education forward that is accomplished only through the reauthorization of ESEA.”