Luna at White House: 'Symbolic Shift' of No Child Left Behind

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Tom Luna with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) at White House
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  • Tom Luna with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) at White House


Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna flew to Washington, D.C., to champion the Obama administration's new flexibility on No Child Left Behind.

"I believe this is a symbolic shift of power from the federal government back to the states," said Luna at a White House ceremony this morning.

Under a new plan, Idaho and other states can get a waiver under NCLB to create new systems of increased accountability that focus on academic growth and college and career readiness. Under the current law, states can only measure school success based on proficiency. Today, Obama announced a process for states to request waivers from the law, opening the door for new accountability systems.

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