U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today applauded the decision to grant North Carolina a waiver from No Child Left Behind that will provide educators with more flexibility to educate all students. Hagan, who serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, supported granting a waiver to North Carolina when the state applied for one earlier this year.
"This waiver will allow our state's educators the flexibility to develop high quality accountability systems focused on continuous improvement without the one-size-fits all mandates and consequences that the No Child Left Behind Act is known for," Hagan said. "While I continue to urge my colleagues in Congress to pass a long-overdue fix to No Child Left Behind, I applaud the Department of Education for granting a waiver that will help support effective teaching and leadership while setting a high bar of college and career ready standards."
North Carolina was one of eight states that received a waiver today from the U.S. Department of Education. A total of 19 states have received waivers from the Department.
In March, Hagan called on the Senate to debate and vote on the long-overdue fix of the flawed No Child Left Behind Act. The HELP Committee passed legislation to reform the law last October, but the bill has failed to reach the Senate floor for consideration by the entire body.
Hagan has led a group of 11 moderate Democratic Senators in pushing commonsense principles for education reform.Those principles, which were supported by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and include increasing local flexibility, spurring innovation, rewarding success and ensuring transparency, were largely incorporated in legislationpassed by the HELP Committee.