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Thoughts on the NCLB Waiver Proposal

Today's announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the offer for state waivers from No Child Left Behind represents an acknowledgement by the Administration that the one-size-fits-all policies of No Child Left Behind are unworkable.

We are carefully examining the proposal, which would appear to cost billions of dollars to fully implement, at a time when California and many other states remain in financial crisis.

I would hope that the Administration is prepared to provide the funds necessary to implement these provisions, or provide greater flexibility to California, which already has a strong school accountability system in place.

With bipartisan support for a new generation of accountability systems that measure growth in student achievement over time, I will continue to advocate for Congress to approve a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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