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Washington State First to Lose No Child Left Behind Waiver

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Washington became the first state to lose its waiver for educational funding from federal law No Child Left Behind on Thursday. The action could lead to teacher layoffs and cutbacks on programs that serve at-risk students, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement.

The Dept. of Education will not renew the waiver because "the state had failed to implement promised changes to how it evaluates teachers and principals," according to The Washington Post.

The state was placed on "high-risk status" last August for failing to implement changes related to student growth and other factors. Washington was then given a deadline of May 1 to create a plan—something the state cannot do because "that would require a legislative change and Washington's legislature won't reconvene until next January," reports the Post.

Gov. Inslee chastised lawmakers in his statement, saying, "The loss of this waiver could have been avoided if the state legislature had acted last session."

As a result, Washington state loses a waiver that provides districts with $40 million in funds that go toward helping students.

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