Ten district superintendents, whose students make up about 20% of California's K-12 population, are heading to Washington, D.C. to see if they can persuade federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to approve district-level waivers of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act's accountability provisions.
The meeting with Duncan comes on the eve of the February 28 deadline for states to apply for waivers from provisions of the act. California's application for waivers has been rejected, and state officials have indicated they will not reapply.
The districts involved include Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento City, Oakland, Clovis, Santa Ana, Sanger and Garden Grove. The waivers would allow the districts to set up their own "accountability" systems.
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