7 schools in innovation program decide to drop out

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Seven school districts in Kansas that were given special status through the state's "Coalition of Innovative School Districts" program now say it's not worth the effort.

KCUR reports that the districts last week asked the Kansas Board of Education to release them from the program that began in 2013.

Districts that join have the freedom to ignore some state oversight in exchange for pursuing novel approaches for improving student achievement. The seven participating districts say they want to continue to collaborate, but as an informal network.

The coalition uses the program to loosen teacher licensure and state assessment requirements. Some unions and education advocates argue that the regulations are needed to maintain high standards.


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