Approved: Eight More States Get NCLB Waivers

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Weekly Update: Approved: Eight More States Get NCLB Waivers

Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island are the latest states to receive flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), bringing the total number of states to receive waivers to 19, with an additional 18 applications still under review.

States that receive flexibility under NCLB agree to develop state-level plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.

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Picture of the Week:

Students discuss CTE with Secretary Duncan

Secretary Duncan and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier, met Wednesday with a group of students involved in career and technical education programs. Duncan and the students discussed how CTE programs can keep students engaged in school and focused on their careers, as well as the Administration's recent proposal to better align CTE opportunities with employers’ workforce needs.

Weekly Highlights:

  • Last week, state and district education leaders from across the country traveled to Cincinnati to share their stories, strategies, and best practices around a topic in education that seldom sees the spotlight: collaboration between labor and management. At the conference, Secretary Duncan and national education leaders signed a shared vision for the future of the teaching profession. Read and watch more.
  • ED announced that 92 additional school districts will now have access to individualized data to help their students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to attend college. Read more.
  • Secretary Duncan announced a new pilot program entitled the "State-Tribal Education Partnership," or STEP, that will award $1.9 million in competitive grants to tribal education agencies to perform some state-level functions for certain federal grant programs. Watch Secretary Duncan's announcement video.
  • A recent meeting between Secretary Duncan and students from military families inspired new guidance from the Secretary on meeting the unique challenges faced by military-connected students. Read more.