Teacher group opposes state NCLB waiver

The Missouri State Teachers Association strongly opposes a plan by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to seek a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

The teachers’ biggest objection is that the state education agency has not completed a financial impact study to determine the associated costs of the new state plan to local school districts and Missouri taxpayers.

Kent King, director of the Missouri State Teachers Association, said the department has not even indicated if it ever intends to complete a financial impact study.

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