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Reauthorization of Federal Education Act Better Than NCLB Waivers

I've written an open forum article for today's San Francisco Chronicle about why passing a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act is a better option than the NCLB waiver.

As I write:

To obtain a temporary waiver from No Child Left Behind, California would have to meet 11 new federal mandates - and do so quickly - without one dollar of new resources.

The price tag for meeting these requirements is likely to reach $2 billion to $3 billion, depending upon how each is implemented - all within the next year or two, even as our schools continue to cope with a statewide financial emergency and the dire threat of further funding cutbacks.


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