L.A. Times Likes Federal Waiver

The Los Angeles Times this week endorsed the Long Beach Unified School District’s efforts to partner with eight other California school systems in seeking a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind rules.  An editorial in the nation’s fourth largest newspaper also singled out Long Beach for its success.

“The districts' sincerity about improving academic achievement seems genuine,” the editorial said of the eight-district consortium seeking the waiver.  “One of them, Long Beach Unified, has gained a reputation for continual improvement without embracing extreme reforms or igniting the kind of divisive rancor that has touched many other districts.  The U.S. Department of Education would be making a mistake if it rejected the attempts of these ambitious school districts to improve without the cumbersome and counterproductive requirements of No Child Left Behind.  These districts might prove a helpful example to the rest of the state as well.”

View the full editorial.