No Child Left Behind waiver in jeopardy if teacher evaluations not implemented, federal officials say

By mcee

Michigan could lose its waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements if the state legislature does not adopt proposed changes to the state's teacher evaluation system, U.S. Department of Education officials said in a report.

Michigan is one of 42 states to receive a waiver from the 13-year-old federal law in exchange for implementing requirements like career- and college-ready standards, stronger school accountability standards and a system to evaluate teachers and identify underperforming ones.

"The bottom line is, we've got to get this done," said Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), co-sponsor of legislation that would meet federal waiver guidelines.

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