Indiana Board of Education meets to discuss No Child Left Behind waiver

In Child Education | on May, 13, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

News from WTHR:

INDIANAPOLIS -

The State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are once again at odds with one another.

This time, the bottom line could cost Indiana school districts hundreds of millions of dollars.

The U.S. Department of Education has already put Indiana on notice. The state needs to substantiate its application for a waiver from the Federal No Child Left Behind law.

Indiana Department of Education officials say federal monitors delayed releasing a report expressing concerns over the state’s efforts to maintain its No Child Left Behind waiver.

Assistant Superintendent Danielle Shockey said Indiana originally was promised the report 45 days after U.S. Department of Education monitors flew to the state last August. However, the report was not delivered to the state until late last month.

Federal officials placed Indiana on a “conditional” status last month and gave state officials 60 days to submit an amended waiver, making the deadline June 30. They cited concerns in monitoring low-performing schools and teacher evaluations, along with the decision to exit……………. continues on WTHR

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While flipping through an early childhood textbook in the Social Studies curriculum, I noticed these titles:

Unit 2 (Family), Lesson 4: I Am Important

Unit 2 (Family), Lesson 5: I Am Unique

Call me picky, but last time I checked the word “social” in the title Social Studies indicated the interaction between people. These lessons might merit a pass if they were filled with deep introspection, but even my kindergartener understood they were fluff and nonsense.

“I know I’m special,” she said. “They don’t need to tell me that.”

Hmm. Maybe a series of lessons on humility instead?

Most of the kindergarten curriculum teaches about community helpers and national holidays, none of which was new to my daughter. Advocates for universal pre-k (UPK), the movement to provide preschool education as part of the public school system, and for public kindergarten understandably want civic duty, citizenship, and national identity as part of the curriculum because the enterprise is funded with public money. The federal government’s

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