Leaving “No Child” Behind

By Bryan Navarro

MEDFORD, Ore. — The latest round of states free from “No Child Left Behind” has been announced, but Oregon is not one of them.

Oregon is one 31 states still going through the process, rewriting its 1,300 page proposal in the hopes of receiving a waiver. The Obama administration is granting exemption from the rigid law, in exchange for promises from states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.

Medford school officials say want more flexibility in being able to spend their dollars in tough economic times.

“I think that’s what we’re all looking for: a way to leverage those federal dollars for what we know our kids need rather than what someone in Washington says they need,” Superintendent Phil Long.

State officials say the latest proposal is being finalized, and they anticipate Oregon to be in the next round of waivers.