May 20, 2013

Manchin Pleased Overreaching Federal Education Rules Renounced

No Child Left Behind waiver approved by U.S. Department of Education

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he was pleased West Virginia’s request to withdraw from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was granted by the U.S. Department of Education. The waiver allows the state to implement education reforms best fit for West Virginia children, teachers, schools and communities.

“While one of our top priorities must be to continue raising our standards and making sure that we have the best-educated children in the world, it is important that states have the flexibility to structure education programs that work best for them,” Senator Manchin said. “We must strike a thoughtful balance between federal standards and successful teaching practices. We need government to work smarter for the sake of our kids and their bright futures.”

The U.S. Department of Education is offering each state educational agency (SEA) the opportunity to request flexibility to better focus on improving student learning. This voluntary opportunity will provide educators, along with state and local leaders, with flexibility regarding the specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In exchange, states must develop rigorous and comprehensive plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.