Oklahoma Loses 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

Thursday, August 28th 2014, 9:48 pm
By: News 9

The tug-of-war over state control of federal school funds took a dramatic turn Thursday in Oklahoma, as the state lost its “No Child Left Behind” waiver. 

A few weeks ago, State Superintendent Janet Baressi asked the federal government to extend the waiver. 

Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a bill that repealed what's known as “Common Core” standards. 

Thursday, the federal government said it would not extend the deadline. 

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Baressi says that means out of nearly $373 million in federal funding the state used to control, now they will lose control of nearly 40 percent of that. 

Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Rob Neu says it didn't have to happen. 

“We're going back to a failed public education policy called “No Child Left Behind,” and it's not good for our students," said Neu. "Who's at fault? The adults in the system.”

He said he was referring to the White House, the U.S. Department of Education and our State legislature.