Michele McNeil looks at what states may or may not take advantage of the new waiver waivers that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has offered as a way to delay consequences from new teacher evaluations. The results so far: Six are in, 14 say no thanks, the remainder of the 34 states that are eligible said something to the effect of, ‘Arne, why did you put us in this spot?’ Two wrinkles here: 34 states are eligible right but now underneath that some have different timelines and some would have to change statutes to make changes so everyone is not in the same place.
While you’re at PoliticsK12 also check out Alyson Klein’s look at how tricky it might be to get to 218 votes in the House for the pending ESEA reauthorization bill. Democrats seem likely to oppose it and some Republicans will want to vote against it, too. Given the D – R breakdown in the House that doesn’t leave a big margin for error for the majority. Update: The floor schedule for next week has it tentative.
Rick Hess takes a smart look at the Vallas fiasco in CT. The whole episode points up the absurdity of education’s credentialing fetish but at the same time, the law is the law.