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California is Taking Wait and See Approach on Education Waiver



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In September, the Obama Administration gave states the option of waivers from parts of the landmark-and controversial-education law.  But Deborah Sigman with the state Department of Education says the state would have to meet other requirements in exchange.

"It's not really waiving anything as much as it is substituting an alternative system of accountability and evaluation…"

Sigman says state education officials are still considering whether to make the request.  Last week, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction said the changes required by the Obama Administration could cost up to two billion dollars.  State officials also say they're not sure they could meet the federal government's timeline for the new programs.

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