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State wins release from education law with alternate plan

The federal government will allow Hawaii to bypass proficiency goals and sanctions

By Nanea Kalani

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2013

~~<p>Hawaii's public schools will be allowed to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of a state-developed accountability system, under a waiver granted Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.</p>
<p>The state Department of Education had applied last year for exemption from key provisions of the 2001 federal law, which requires that schools meet rising annual proficiency goals or face increasing sanctions. The state said at the time that it would create a rigorous alternative to the federal law's &quot;one-size-fits-all approach,&quot; and emphasized that the waiver would not be a pass on accountability.</p>
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Hawaii's public schools will be allowed to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of a state-developed accountability system, under a waiver granted Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.

The state Department of Education had applied last year for exemption from key provisions of the 2001 federal law, which requires that schools meet rising annual proficiency goals or face increasing sanctions. The state said at the time that it would create a rigorous alternative to the federal law's "one-size-fits-all approach," and emphasized that the waiver would not be a pass on accountability. Login for more...



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