State seeks public input into No Child Left Behind waiver

TRENTON – The state is seeking public input into its application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Earlier this year, President Obama said he would permit such waivers to provide states with regulatory relief.

The federal government would grant the waivers in exchange for states agreeing to certain reforms.

The N.J. Education Department stated on its web site that “Because such changes would have a major impact on our state’s educators and families, we are soliciting input from K-12 stakeholders and the broader public on what elements should be included in New Jersey’s application.”

Submissions will be received until Oct. 21, 2011.

According to the state Education department, the state would be required to submit a plan that covered such areas as evaluating teacher effectiveness, and transitioning to college- and career-ready standards.

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