Indiana’s NCLB Waiver Still Under Consideration
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana is not among five states granted an exemption from the No Child Left Behind law.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the U.S. Department of Education did not include Indiana among those five states receiving a waiver Thursday. However, Indiana’s waiver is still being reviewed by federal education officials.
Democrat State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz’s waiver application has been the subject of much political bickering between she and Republican governor-appointed members of the State Board of Education. Ritz stated in July that those Republican members and Governor Mike Pence’s new Center for Education and Career Innovation have been undermining the Indiana Department of Education’s work to get the waiver renewed.
If Indiana loses the NCLB waiver, the state will no longer have control of how to spend about $230 million in annual federal education funding.
A U.S. DOE spokesperson told The Star that there is no timeline for a decision on Indiana’s waiver.