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No Child Left Behind Waiver At Risk In Indiana

Indiana could lose the waiver because of significant issues with state compliance.

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Indiana’s federal No Child Left Behind waiver could be at risk after the U-S Department
of Education indicated significant issues with the state’s compliance.

If Indiana were to lose its waiver, Hoosier schools would have to comply with federal accountability standards and would be at risk of losing federal education dollars.

The letter from the federal Department of Education is based on a report from an assessment visit federal officials took to Indiana last August. It does not take into account the new education standards adopted this week by the Board of Education.

In a statement, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says her department is prepared to demonstrate full compliance with the federal waiver. She says that includes updating federal officials about the new education standards and school monitoring efforts, led by the state’s division of Outreach for School Improvement, which Ritz created last year.

The Superintendent says federal education officials have already indicated that they’re pleased with Indiana’s progress.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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