Today, California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson sent a letter to superintendents notifying them that the federal government will most likely reject California's No Child Left Behind Waiver application. StudentsFirst Deputy National Press Secretary, Erin Shaw, issued the following statement:
"We believe that every child, regardless of their background or their parents' income, has the capacity to learn if adults create the right learning environment. If Supt. Torlakson's statement is accurate, the Obama administration is correctly poised to deny California's petition because legislators and defenders of the status quo refuse to create the appropriate learning environment so that every kid is given a chance to succeed.
"Further, by submitting an inadequate application, California has precluded the ability of school districts and schools to be flexible and innovative with millions in federal funds. This unfortunately comes at a time when school budgets remain tight and the "fiscal cliff" looms. California has already left millions of badly needed federal dollars on the table, by failing to submit competitive applications for "Race to the Top" funding.
"It's time to change the system that rejects accountability and continually risks classroom resources that rightfully belong to students."
[About StudentsFirst: StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 2 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what's best for students. Today, too many of America's children are not getting the quality education they need and deserve. StudentsFirst is helping to change that with common sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. We are working to ensure educators are valued for the critical role they play in kids' lives, families have high-quality school choices and a real say in their child's education, and our tax dollars are spent wisely on what works for kids. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 110 student-centered policies in 17 states, and our movement continues to grow. For more information visit www.studentsfirst.org.]