May 2, 2014
by Lesli A. Maxwell
The group of California school districts that won a first-of-its-kind waiver from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act last year has asked the U.S. Department of Education to extend the reprieve beyond the current school year. And importantly, the districts are asking to fully implement their teacher evaluation system by the 2016-17 school year, according to Hilary McLean, a spokeswoman for the CORE districts. That would be outside the timeline that the department has greenlighted for any other state, with the exception of Illinois, whose waiver was hung up on the issue for over a year.
CORE—which stands for the California Office to Reform Education—officially submitted its extension request to federal education officials today, which, if approved, would keep the coalition of districts operating under an accountability system that is entirely different from that of the state of California. The seven districts in the group asking for the extension are Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Ana, and Sanger.