WAMC News, North Country News
11:59 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Vermont Rejects No Child Left Behind Waiver

The state of Vermont recently announced that education officials there will not seek a waiver from requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

A task force had been working on submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Education for Vermont to seek a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.  Nineteen states, including NY, have received such exemptions.  But Vermont officials now say that the  waiver being offered by the Obama Administration is too inflexible. Vermont State Board of Education Chair Stephan Morse says the federal Department of Education was not willing to negotiate for Vermont’s needs.

Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca says the flexibility in the waiver was actually too  constrictive.

Vermont Principals Association Executive Director Ken Page was on Vermont’s waiver application team. He says the plan they presented to federal officials was unique and did not compromise Vermont values.

The Vermont NEA worked with state education officials on the waiver application. President Martha Allen says its unfortunate that the state and federal governments were unable to agree on terms for a waiver.

Vermont will continue to operate under current No Child Left Behind guidelines and testing requirements.