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Poll: Is No Child Left Behind Waiver Good for Chatham?

The effect of the waiver remains unclear, according to Assistant Superintendent LaSusa.

Assistant Superintendent Michael LaSusa said the will "continue to wait" to see what effect the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver will have locally.

New Jersey was among 10 states given a pass from the NCLB standards, according to an announcement from President Barack Obama's administration Thursday, according to an article in The Huffington Post.

"Right now we have to wait pleasantly for what would happen to each school in our district and across the state," LaSusa said.

While the effect of the waiver on Chatham schools is yet unknown, LaSusa said, "clearly I think this is a validation of the governor's reform efforts."

Two Chatham schools did not meet their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for students. Those two schools were and .

Schools that miss their AYP benchmarks for two consecutive years are considered "target schools." Currently neither LAS nor CMS is a target school.

Two Chatham schools, and , have been recognized as exceptional under NCLB.

According to LaSusa, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has stated that at least 80 percent of U.S. schools will fail to meet NCLB requirements.

Duncan Munchkin February 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
"Two Chatham schools, Washington Avenue School and Chatham High School, have been recognized as exceptional under NCLB." The best I can tell, the NCLB law doesn't have an "exceptional" category. While it is true that Chatham High School was a Blue Ribbon School in 2004-2005 (that was 7-8 years ago), I can't find any similar honor for Washington Avenue. Do you have a source? Besides, it seems like NCLB/AYP is something we check YEARLY, so what does it matter if a school was Blue Ribbon almost a decade ago?
Duncan Munchkin February 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Please also note that Chatham High School touts itself as a "Nationally Recognized No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School" and does NOT put the year which is actually against the terms of the Blue Ribbon School Program. Compare this to another local Blue Ribbon School, say Millburn, where they clearly state that they were a Blue Ribbon School in 2007--in accordance with the terms of the award.

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