NCLB relief will require reforms

by David Griffith, ASCD Public Policy Director

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan finally said this weekend what has been implied for months. To wit, he is prepared to issue waivers to states and districts from No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requirements if Congress is unable to make significant changes to the federal K–12 education law this year.

But the big news from the otherwise blindingly obvious development was that Duncan said that such waivers would be granted in exchange for reforms aligned to the Obama administration’s priorities. Having used the carrot of billions of dollars in stimulus money to prompt state reforms through the Race to the Top (RttT) grant competition, Duncan will now do the same through a relief for reform scheme.

To learn more about what strings are attached, visit the ASCD community blog.