What We’re Watching: Weighing the Waivers

On Friday, March 2 from 9:00-10:30 am we’ll be watching a live webcast of the Fordham Institute’s forum on No Child Left Behind, starring Michele McNeil, Carmel Martin, Jeremy Ayers, Michael Petrilli, and moderated by Checker Finn. As described on the event page:

After a decade of living with the No Child Left Behind Act, there is wide, bipartisan consensus that this law governing so much of the federal role in education needs to change. With reauthorization still stalled in Congress, however, the Obama Administration offered states a deal—freedom from some of NCLB’s prescriptions in return for alignment with the Education Department’s current reform priorities. Already this month, eleven states were freed from some of the strictures of NCLB; dozens more must decide by February 28 whether the benefits of Duncan-style ESEA flexibility are worth it. You’re invited to join us at the Fordham Institute on March 2 as experts with varying perspectives on this issue weigh the merits of NCLB waivers, whether the Administration struck a sound balance between “flexibility” and “reform,” and what this all means for federal education policy going forward.

More information about the event and the panelists can be found on the Fordham Institute website.

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