Which States In The USA Will Get Waivers Up Until 2018-2019?

Waiver.  Anyone who is against the corporate education reform hates this word.  I loathe it.  For all the good it could have done, it has instead been a symbol of the worst from the No Child Left Behind Act.  Certain states have received a lot of money and rewards for succumbing to the Arne Duncan machine.  The latest set of waivers, set to expire in the 2018-2019 academic year, are strongly tied to teacher evaluations.

Most states will be able to apply by late March, but seven states will be able to apply now because they have done such an awesome job screwing teachers over with the federally “suggested” evaluation program.  The states also have to show how they are doing in identifying “low performing” schools and how they are closing the achievement gaps for minorities, low-income, and students with disabilities.  Because making one size fit all when you are putting a circle in a square always works!  And we all know states would never identify these schools to fit their own purposes.These states are Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  These states are all but guaranteed they will receive the waivers over four years.  This means the other states will only get the waivers for three years.  Interesting that with all the ass-kissing Governor Markell does to Arne Duncan that they didn’t get put on the fast-track program…

The new waivers will be granted faster for these seven states because they put teacher evaluations in place that are connected with “student outcomes” aka standardized testing scores.  Delaware had this extended a year due to the awful Smarter Balanced Assessment coming out this year.  Delaware wisely decided not to kick it off this year since it didn’t even know how to score the damn thing.  They will wait a year to screw teachers over.  As for these other states, I would hate to be a teacher in any of those seven states, cause it sounds like many of them will get the knife in the back by next summer.  Arne Duncan is sending a clear message to the states: help us get rid of teachers faster and you will reap the benefits.  The 2016 Presidential Election cannot come soon enough…

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