Gee, Arne Duncan decided that the Federal government imposing Race to the Top will no longer also impose its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, on Delaware.
Of course, the price of an NCLB waiver is total acquiesence to the RTTT agenda.
And here--in a single lesson--is why RTTT needs to be shown the door as well: RTTT identifies "under-performing" schools for special attention [Partnership Zones].
Notice that almost all our under-performing schools have a common denominator: high poverty.
So instead of helping solve the problem of extending equitable educational opportunities to poor kids, the rhetoric of RTTT simply labels their schools as the problem--they are "under-performing."
That Arne Duncan--what a way with words and Federal regulations.
Almost enough, isn't it, to make you wish the US Department of Education and the 6.6.% of the funding it grudgingly provides Delaware would just . . . go away.