Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

FILE - In a in this June 10, 2013 file photo, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - In a in this June 10, 2013 file photo, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/ WANE) — Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz has submitted Indiana’s request for a new waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

The request submitted Monday beat a deadline set by U.S. Department of Education officials for the state to submit a new waiver that addresses concerns raised by federal monitors. If granted, the waiver will allow greater flexibility in how Indiana schools use federal education funds.

“I am proud to submit this waiver request,” Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz said after submitting the waiver. “The request represents countless hours of work put in by the Indiana Department of Education.  I want to thank my staff, as well as the staffs of Governor Pence, our legislative leadership, CCSSO and the United States Department of Education for their exceptional efforts during these last couple of months.  Because of their work, I believe that Hoosier schools will have much needed flexibility over how they use some of their federal funding.  Most importantly, this flexibility will improve education for our students.”

At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million Indiana receives in federal “Title I” education dollars each year.

Federal officials told Ritz in April that problems with the state’s monitoring of low-performing schools had placed the state’s waiver in jeopardy. The decision came shortly after Indiana became the first state to exit the national Common Core education standards.

Ritz staff members said they have been promised a response by the end of July.

 

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