The U.S. Department of Education is yanking Washington state’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the department announced Thursday.
Washington is now the first U.S. state to have its waiver revoked by the federal government.
Loss of the waiver means that Washington will no longer be exempt from onerous parts of the federal education law, which set performance goals that schools in Washington have been unable to meet.
Wow. Here's Section 1 Preamble from Article IX of the Washington State Constitution (emphasis mine):
It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.
I think this is pretty clear evidence that we've failed the paramount duty laid out in our state constitution. Where do we go from here?