Tennessee’s Bipartisan Support for NCLB Waiver


This morning’s Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that both Tennessee’s governor and education commissioner were on board with a request for an NCLB  waiver has been followed up by a letter of support from almost its entire congressional delegation:

WASHINGTON – Members of the Tennessee U.S. congressional delegation announced today that they have sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan supporting Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s request for a waiver of the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind.

The full text of the letter, dated July 29, 2011, and signed by Senators Alexander and Corker and Representatives Roe, Duncan, Fleischmann, DesJarlais, Cooper, Black, Blackburn, Fincher and Cohen, follows, and a PDF of the signed letter is attached:

Dear Secretary Duncan,

We write in strong support of the request for a waiver of provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)  that the State of Tennessee submitted for your approval this week, consistent with the requirements of Section 9401 of the ESEA authorizing States to seek waivers of the law or regulations.

Its been a rough day for Duncan.

Tennessee’s two influential republican senators joined both democrat representatives and all but one of the state’s seven GOP members in supporting the request. Opposition to NCLB is becoming more wide-spread and bipartisan everyday. Tennessee joins a list of almost a dozen states that are at odds in some way with NCLB’s guidelines.

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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