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Schools chief seeks relief from law labeling schools as 'failing'

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:37 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated Aug 29, 2011, 6:42 AM ]
California’s top school official has requested immediate relief from federal guidelines that, if unaltered, would label nearly 80% of schools serving large numbers of low-income students as failing.
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Torlakson wants a freeze on Race to the Top requirements to allow the state to focus on its neediest schools and on developing “a more robust teacher and principal evaluation system.”

What makes Torlakson’s stand bolder is that he has objected, in advance, to conditions that are likely to accompany any waiver. The Obama administration has signaled that it is most likely to grant waivers to states that pursue favored reforms, including linking individual teacher evaluations to their students’ standardized test scores.

Read the rest of the article HERE (August 25, 2011)


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