In the Richmond Times Dispatch civil rights attorney Angela Ciolfi and I ask for a more meaningful NCLB wavier request from Virginia:
Low-income and minority students in Virginia shouldn’t have to look to the federal government for a school accountability system protecting their interests. But because Virginia has so far failed to design a method for holding schools accountable that actually includes all students, the federal law is their last resort. Virginia policymakers control the solution to this problem. They could start designing a more rigorous state system today and then rightly tell Washington to bow out. Instead, this request for a federal education waiver would further obscure the reality of educational performance in the commonwealth and undermine a commitment to the success of our most vulnerable students.