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Reaction from the U.S Department of Education's decision not to extend Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind waiver

Reaction from the U.S Department of Education’s decision not to extend Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver
Oklahoman Published: August 28, 2014

What they said

Reaction to loss of waiver

“We hope that the U.S. Department of Education’s decision today to revoke our state’s No Child Left Behind waiver serves as a wakeup call to all Oklahomans. Our state’s education system is failing many of our students, and the status quo cannot continue. We must put in place rigorous, ambitious standards that encourage our students to exceed expectations and make sure they are ready for college or their career. Common Core, and education reform in general, has become highly politicized, and our students are the ones suffering from the fallout. We must put aside our differences and work to craft the best standards in the nation and ensure every student in Oklahoma has access to a quality education. Hopefully, the loss of our waiver will be the catalyst for change that is desperately needed in our state.”

— Jennifer Monies, Oklahoma Educated

Workforce Initiative executive director

“In revoking our ESEA waiver before the current academic standards review process could be completed by our state Board of Regents, the Obama administration has rushed to penalize Oklahoma for the repeal of Common Core. This is an example of a punitive overreach by the federal government that shows a lack of caring for our students, and I consider it an outrage to penalize students and children simply because the Obama administration is angry that our state has chosen to chart its own course on educational standards.”

— Joy Hofmeister, Republican candidate for

state schools superintendent

“The GOP virtually invited the federal government to take this step when the Republicans chose to play politics instead of taking care of our children. I wonder whether our governor wishes now that she hadn’t flip-flopped on Common Core and signed the legislation to scrap it.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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