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Indiana Gets No Child Left Behind Waiver

Waiver granted by U.S. Department of Education with no conditions, for now

Indiana will retain flexibility on how it can spend federal education money after it received another waiver from certain No Child Left Behind rules.

The U.S. Department of Education granted the waiver to Indiana after federal officials raised questions earlier this year about the state's compliance with some of the waiver's rules.  State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says there is no conditions attached to the waiver.  "This news means that local schools throughout our state will receive much needed flexibility in how they utilize their federal dollars.  This waiver extension also will allow Indiana to have continued flexibility in how we measure student performance and growth." 

The waiver was in doubt when the USDOE raised questions about the effectiveness of Indiana's evaluation system for teachers and principals.  It led to sniping between Ritz and State Board of Education members over whether Ritz was providing enough information on the status of the waiver to the board.  Ritz says the waiver being granted, "is strong validation for what we do here at the department.  I really do hope that trust is developed, that through my leadership, this department has a very strong support system for schools."

While some state board members are relieved that the waiver was granted, "we have to make sure that this doesn't happen again.  So, we need to work together and collaborate on the all the issues that have been raised in this process," said board member Gordon Hendry after Ritz's meeting with reporters.

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