Adopting child of a different race to be made easier

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Adopting child of a different race to be made easier
News from Mirror.co.uk:

The Government is to legislate to ensure that potential adoptions are not blocked purely because the would-be parents are not the same race as the child, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Mr Gove – who was himself adopted at four months – said it was “disgraceful” that black children are three times less likely to be adopted from care than white ones and “outrageous” for them to be denied a loving home because of a “misguided” belief that race is the most important factor in considering potential adoptive parents.

He will publish an Adoption Plan next month to sweep away bureaucratic hurdles and make the process of finding a permanent home for children in care in England swifter, simpler and more flexible.

And he made clear that this will include changing the law on inter-racial adoptions.

Despite guidance on the issue last year, a number of local authorities are still putting their belief in finding “a perfect match” ahead of the interests of children, said Mr Gove.

“There are still parts of the country where the wrong values reign and where we are not doing enough to make sure children are adopted quickly enough,” he said.

“We will be legislating. The decision is ultimately the Prime Minister’s and there are a range of options he is looking at, but he is clear that while there has been an improvement and the g…………… continues on Mirror.co.uk

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Virginia finalizes waiver for No Child Left Behind Act
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Virginia education officials on Thursday finalized the state’s waiver request for flexibility from some requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The application, approved unanimously by the state Board of Education, now will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for review. If the request is granted, it will go into effect for the 2012-13 school year.

The state superintendent of public instruction, Patricia I. Wright, said she feels confident the waiver will be approved.

Feedback provided through mock reviews by peer groups and preliminary recommendations from the draft application sent last month to the Education Department helped shape revisions to the request, she said.

“I am encouraged that we will send a waiver request … that will be looked upon favorably,” Wright said. “The proposal … fits within the parameters given to us by” Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The application blends state and U.S. requirements into one system and eliminates identification of schools as “failing.”

The 29 performance indicators for adequate yearly progress — the NCLB benchmarks — are discontinued in Virginia’s application, and state Standards of Accreditation proficiency targets in the four content areas (English, math, science and history) will serve as the foundati…………… continues on GoDanRiver.com

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