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N.H. NCLB Waiver Passed Over By Feds; State Says Acceptance Is Imminent

Sam Evans-Brown

The US department of education announced another round of waivers from the controversial federal education policy, No Child Left Behind, and once again New Hampshire’s application for a waiver has been passed over.

New Hampshire Education officials say that they believe the waiver will be granted imminently.   

It has been ten months since New Hampshire applied for flexibility from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, and several rounds of waivers for other states have been approved since the application was submitted.

The delay for New Hampshire was caused by negotiations over a new teacher and principal evaluation system. The US DOE wanted a state-wide system, where as New Hampshire officials wanted to leave the design of evaluations up to local school districts.

Alabama was the most recent state to be granted flexibility, making 38 states and the district of Colombia which have implemented their own plans for school improvement and accountability.

Seven states, including New Hampshire, have applications still pending. Five, including Vermont, are not seeking waivers. 

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