Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) wants out of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Apparently, President Barack Obama is ok with that—somewhat. The president announced last week that NCLB waivers will be available for several states. Vermont will be among the states requesting NCLB relief.
NCLB is a federally approved testing programs that has caused anguish for many underperforming schools nationwide and especially in Vermont. Despite efforts, several Vermont schools have been unable to make the grade.
With the waiver pending, Vermont schools will have new and additional student assessment tools that should improve the scores.
However, one Vermont critic of NCLB waivers, Nancy Birkbeck of Manchester, said, “that while the bow and gift paper of a waiver will appear colorful, the content of the package will remain the same old thing. Students will continue to lose at the cost of protecting bad schools.”