Waiver Promises May Put Cash Squeeze on States
Some face prospect of improving schools with no added cash
States receiving waivers of strict mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act must now face the cost of winning that flexibility: a renewed focus on some of their lowest-performing schools and, in some cases, changes to the structure of the school day. They will do so with no assurance that a particular school will get extra financial help from the federal government to deliver.
So far, 11 states have received waivers of key provisions of the NCLB law, and another 26 applied for the flexibility at the end of February. More waivers are expected to be announced later this spring.
Some states' foundering schools will continue to get federal School Improvement Grants, which come with big money attached—up to $2 million per school annually. But there's no specific pot of federal funding for fixing other low-performing schools that states have promised to concentrate on as a...
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