Oklahoma receives extension to No Child Left Behind waiver

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Department of Education announced that it is granting the Oklahoma State Department of Education an extension to a flexibility waiver, which would provide relief from some provisions of No Child Left Behind.

Officials say the waiver is important because it gives school districts flexibility in how they spend federal dollars.

In 2014, Oklahoma did away with Common Core standards.

After that, Oklahoma’s application for a waiver was denied because leaders did not have state standards that were career or college-ready.

Fortunately, it was reinstated in November, giving the state control of up to $30 million in federal funding.

However, the waiver was only good for that year and the Sooner State had to apply again this year.

“We are certainly grateful for the waiver extension, but our greater hope is that the ESEA reauthorization under consideration by Congress will put an end to the one-size-fits-all approach and excessive federal mandates of No Child Left Behind,” said Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

As part of the department’s decision, the one-year waiver would be extended to two additional years if Oklahoma demonstrates continued and significant progress by Aug. 1, 2016.

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