Hate to bring up the past but reading this whole growth model business the phrase “no controlling legal authority” keeps jumping to mind…
The Department of Education does a nice job laying out the process and put together a defensible peer review committee, but it’s still unclear exactly how they’re going to do this in terms of the letter of the law (and of course in a way that works and doesn’t screw over poor kids).
They’re either going to have some upset states (something they haven’t shown much of a stomach for lately) or if they do approve ones that really offend the civil rights crowd, this could get interesting if the legal authority is challenged. Those guys litigate! Just ask CT’s AG.
Update: Wash. Post ed board weighs-in.