Government Relations Update – April 2015

Capitol Hill

ED-lection 2016  As the Presidential race ramps up, Arc will track candidates’ education positions and keep you posted.

Utah Education Funding Increase Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gives final approval to the largest funding increase for schools in 25 years.

California NCLB Waiver Extensions Six districts in California have applied for a three-year extension of their No Child Left Behind waiver, which is on high-risk status. The Education Department told the California CORE districts last fall that their waiver was at risk because they had not yet finalized plans for a new school quality improvement system and guidance for new teacher evaluation systems. Eight districts originally received the waiver in 2013, but two have since dropped out. The California CORE districts are now trying to address the federal concerns, finalizing accountability system metrics and updating educator effectiveness guidelines. But the application is missing an important component, LA School Report writes – an agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles on a three-level teacher evaluation system. Read more here and here.

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