Utah education leaders debate return to No Child Left Behind

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State education leaders are considering abandoning Utah’s waiver to the No Child Left Behind law, partly as a statement about federal interference in Utah schools.

The state school board spent more than an hour Friday debating whether to ask the federal government for an extension of the waiver for 2015. The waiver allows Utah to skip many of the most reviled parts of the No Child Left Behind law, including Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurements and the expectation that 100 percent of students score proficient in language arts and math by this year.

If Utah gave up its waiver, the state would have to go back to those requirements and would likely have to shift more than $ 100 million in federal Title I and related money to other programs.

Board members discussed Friday asking state lawmakers if they’d be willing to help schools make up the difference by allocating more money to education should Utah refuse the waiver. Several noted that Utah’s waiver is unpopular among some state lawmakers and members of Utah’s congressional delegation who worr……………. continues on Salt Lake Tribune

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Elementary school enrollment deadlines are just weeks away and it’s crunch time on getting your child into the right school.

What used to be the clear choice, neighborhood schools are now only one of many viable options for students.

“Gone are the days of simply sending your kid to the neighborhood school,” said Brittany Fellows, 32, whose daughter will be starting kindergarten in Boise, Idaho, this fall. “That’s what my parents did, but things are different these days. I can’t just make the decision to send my daughter to a school just because it’s close.”

Though still considered pillars of the community, neighborhood schools are losing their first-choice standing in the sea of increasing public and private school options. Registration deadlines moving up the calendar every year can make the decision intimidating, especially for first-time parents and families new to the area.

“Decisions have to be made, and it’s best when they are made thoughtfully,” said Stephen Boone, an administrator of admissions in Oregon’s Coos Bay District. “Time is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options.”

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