Florida Wants Out Of Some Federal No Child Left Behind Requirements

November 15, 2011

Florida has submitted its request to the federal government to exempt the state from some requirements under the No Child Left Behind law.

Florida is one of several states that have submitted requests to not continue operating federal accountability programs mandated under NCLB, which passed in 2001.

The idea is to streamline various state and federal accountability programs designed to track student progress and help struggling school. At times, the different standards between the two has caused immense confusion for students and parents, such as when a school has improved from an “F” to a “C” school but is still at risk for being shut down under federal standards.

“Theā€¦flexibility request will help strengthen Florida’s accountability system and aims to support all of our students in their endeavors toward achieving academic success,” Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a statement.

By The News Service of Florida


11 Responses to “Florida Wants Out Of Some Federal No Child Left Behind Requirements”

  1. Wow on November 16th, 2011 3:18 pm

    This law helps children with learning disabilities not get passed over and held back for somthing they can not help. Some people are sick to look at these special children as welfare ways.

  2. Elmo on November 16th, 2011 4:34 am

    Hey… no child left behind??? We were all young and had to study to excell. We did not take the easy out!! The child left behind that did not want to study and worry bout his or her well being….Welfare we pay again.

  3. SW on November 15th, 2011 11:46 pm


    I believe the states created the federal government and specifically listed the respective duties in a document called the US Constitution; read it. The federal government did not create the states.

    Jeff Davis? Nah. I’d rather have a George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or John Adams.

    I guess before the imperial federal government stepped in, no one went to school or got an education? How did the federal government interfering with the education system exactly help?

    Bush and Miller and many other so-called Republican members of congress are RINOs; otherwise known as progressives. Dem or Repub, they are all the same, save a few.

  4. eab on November 15th, 2011 10:24 pm

    Actually, I believe the provisions of the No Child Left Behind act are tied to at least *some* federal funding. I haven’t researched it but why else would the state be complying to begin with?

    Wayne and Rufus are pretty much correct in their assessments. The federal constitution is actually about federal law and the U.S. Supreme Court trumps states pretty regularly.

    SW, Jeff Davis has passed away. You’ll have to look for another candidate (laughs). If our conservative brethren have their way, there won’t *be* any school funding.

  5. Michelle on November 15th, 2011 6:36 pm

    The only thing that has come out of this is schools fixing the grades to make themselves look better. So they can get more money. It has nothing to do with helping children, just helping themselves.

  6. Rufus Lowgun on November 15th, 2011 2:08 pm

    But that’s what you voted for, Republicans. George W. Bush came up with it (but not any funding for it), a Republican congress passed it, and George W. Bush signed it. The congressman you keep sending back again and again, Jeff Miller, voted for it. You get what you vote for, so you’d better be paying attention.

  7. SW on November 15th, 2011 8:46 am

    Why don’t the Florida legislature simply nullify and ignore the law?

    By the way, the imperial department of education (lower case intentional) was created by President James Carter, a democrat.

  8. SW on November 15th, 2011 8:39 am

    Where in the Constitution does it state that federal law trumps state law? The Civil war was fought after southern leaders foolishly declared war on the US by firing on Fort Sumter; if they had been wiser, there would have been nothing Mr. Lincoln or his cronies could have legally done about secession. Secession, in and of itself, is not illegal.

    The 10th Amendment has not been repealed as far as I know.

    Federal law trumps state law only because people who are not familiar with the US Constitution allow it to be so…more products of genius of our government-run school systems.

    Look it up.

  9. Wayne on November 15th, 2011 8:03 am

    This comment is in response to Fred and SW. Federal law trumps state law. The Civil War was fought over states rights and the rebels lost. The problem is not the federal governement. Its the people you send to represent you. Remember the No Child Left Behind was signed into law by a Republician President, If you “take this country back”, you will get more intrustive Republician Laws.

  10. Fred on November 15th, 2011 7:38 am

    Between No Child Left Behind and the Department of Education the federal government has managed to dumb down standards so that high school graduates are barely able to spell. SW, the feds authority to dictate how to run schools is in the same sentance as requiring, under threat of IRS fines, individuals to purchase health insurance. It’s high time we take this country back from the cradle to grave nanny state before it’s too late!!!

  11. SW on November 15th, 2011 12:27 am

    It is good that the state run the school system.

    Where in the US Constitution does it give authority to the federal government to dictate to the states how to run their schools?

    The states need to take more of their sovereignty back from Washington, DC., i.e., Tenth Amendment.

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