Reactions to President Obama’s NCLB/ESEA Waiver Plan

The education world has had a weekend to process Friday's speech on the Obama/Duncan plan to offer waivers to states to deal with NCLB/ESEA regulations — and to prepare criticism and praise for what will be a lengthy debate season among teachers, parents, politicians and policy wonks. Here's the early recap:

If you missed President Obama's speech announcing his administration's NCLB waiver plan, you can read the full text of it here. has all the details on their ESEA Flexibility page.

Arne Duncan explains the mindset behind the Administration's plan, and reminds us that states won't be getting a free pass on accountability.

And, in case you don't want to think any of it over for yourself, the U.S. Department of Education has a handy "What NCLB Flexibility Means For You" page.

Reactions abound. Writing at The Quick and the Ed, Anne Hyslop details a few surprises in the plan.

Over at ASCD, David Griffith writes that ASCD would rather not see the President and Secretary "extracting" reform commitments through waivers, but that it's pretty much alright because it's "responsive to the interests and demands of state and local education leaders."

At the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, Valerie Strauss defers to Monty Neill, Executive Director of FairTest (which has some odd finances and organization). Monty writes that the plan upholds the destructive test-friendly policies in America's schools.

At Thoughts on Public Education's Educated Guess, John Fensterwald interviewed California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, who says that the waiver plan would cost billions to implement.

At National Journal's Education Experts blog, a broad range of folks are weighing in on the plan.

[Edit: Link to Monty Neill's piece at The Answer Sheet blog has been inserted.]

Matthew Tabor

Matthew Tabor

Matthew is a prolific, independent voice in the national education debate. He is a tireless advocate for high academic standards from pre-K through graduate school, fiscal sense and personal responsibility. He values parents’ and families’ rights and believes in accountability for teachers, administrators, politicians and all taxpayer-funded education entities. With a unique background that includes work in higher education, executive recruiting, professional sport and government, Matthew has consulted on new media and communication strategies for a broad range of clients. He writes the blog “Education for the Aughts” at , has contributed to National Journal’s ‘Expert’ blog for Education , and interacts with the education community on Twitter and Google+.
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