August 8, 2011
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments
on Executive Order to Grant States NCLB Waiver
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education's intention to provide states flexibility from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act:
"If the U.S. Department of Education and the Administration are actually open to a state-determined accountability system, I would welcome it because flexibility is appropriate, warranted, and urgently needed.
"While the California Department of Education will need to review the details of the Secretary's proposal once they are made available, the need for an alternative model for accountability is clear. And I'm pleased with the progress we are making in our work with the Legislature to put one forward."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100