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Afternoon Announcements: Puerto Rico Granted NCLB Flexibility

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October 23, 2013 04:08 pm

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A letter from 13 advocacy groups to the Department of Education on No Child Let Behind waivers reads: “It is crucial that the department uphold its responsibility to monitor waiver implementation and determine whether states and districts are adequately serving the students who are the intended beneficiaries of ESEA’s policies; i.e., students of color, students from low-income families, English-language learners, and students with disabilities.”  Politics K-12

The US Department of Education granted Puerto Rico flexibility from the rigors of the No Child Left Behind Act, bringing the total number of states and territories with waivers to 44. Illinois, Wyoming, and the Bureau of Indian Education are still waiting for a response to their waiver requests. Politics K-12

Low-income students make up the majority in public schools in 17 states, according to new research from the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation. The states are primarily in the South, Southwest, and West Coast. Education Week

New legislation approved this week by the US House of Representatives would force school districts to conduct background checks on any employee with unsupervised access to kids. The legislation would require districts to use state criminal and child abuse registries. Politics K-12

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