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State ed. board reviewing federal education waiver

– The State Board of Education is reviewing concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Education that have placed Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver in jeopardy.

U.S. education officials wrote to state Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz earlier this month with concerns Indiana was not implementing changes required under its waiver from the federal education law.

Federal monitors found trouble with outreach to low-performing schools and with teacher evaluations. They also raised concerns over the state’s decision to exit national Common Core standards.

The board plans to meet Tuesday afternoon to review the state’s waiver.

Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence both talked to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the waiver last week. Ritz said her staff is working closely with federal staff to ensure the waiver is maintained.

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