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School officials optimistic after state receives No Child Left Behind waiver – Fosters

I have been making the point that Department of Education Commissioner Barry, working with many state actors over years, put herself in a position to negotiate a very good No Child Left Behind waiver deal for New Hampshire (here and here for two examples).  Our New Hampshire media haven’t made much of a point of this, but here in yesterday’s Foster’s is a thorough and interesting report on the impact of the waiver on educators in our schools.  A few key quotes:

DOVER — Local school districts are optimistic about a waiver recently granted to the state that relieves schools from adhering to some of the strict provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Instead of fretting over being labeled as a failing school district come 2014 and the reductions in funding associated with this title, New Hampshire schools now have the ability to develop comprehensive plans that target trouble areas in education and close gaps in achievement levels.