The U.S. Department of Education has approved the State of Alaska’s waiver request for one of the requirements created by the No Child Left Behind Act.
The decision allows the state to freeze its student proficiency targets for one year if state officials commit to applying for a larger package of waivers by September 6th.
The offer must be formally accepted by the state Board of Education at its July 24th meeting in Anchorage.
The single waiver would still require the state’s schools to meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards under No Child Left Behind. But the scores would be based on targets set for the 2010-2011 school year. The department anticipates the waiver will allow more schools to meet the law’s requirements than if they were to face the new levels.
The Board of Education last month (June) approved new standards for accountability that will be submitted to the federal government in September with the hope of obtaining more waivers from federal rules.
- Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he says will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase.
- The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika virus in the state July 22, belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka.
- Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The 2 billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016.
- The Alaska Supreme Court overturned the state’s parental notification law for minors who are seeking abortions.