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(Update: Big News! Sacramento Withdraws From NCLB Waiver Granted CORE Districts)

I thought I’d bring together a quick list of the best posts and articles about yesterday’s ridiculous decision by Education Secretary Arne Duncan to give an NCLB waiver to eight California School Districts — even though teachers had no role in the waiver request:

Two from Education Week:

U.S. Department of Education Grants California Districts’ CORE Waiver

California Districts Receive Special Waiver From No Child Left Behind

Eight California districts receive historic NCLB waiver is from Ed Source.

Sacramento City Unified, 7 other California school districts granted waiver from No Child Left Behind is from The Sacramento Bee.

Three previously posted here:

Duncan Approves Waiver Request From California Districts — What Is He Thinking?

Statement By President of California Teachers Association On Today’s NCLB Waiver

Nine California Districts (Including Ours) Seek Waiver From NCLB — Duncan Should Turn It Down

More from Ed Week:

NCLB Waiver in Hand, CORE Districts Move Ahead

Six Questions About California’s CORE District Waiver

California Districts Get NCLB Waiver Despite Union Objections is a great post by my colleague Alice Mercer.

Critics Blast Away at California Districts’ Waiver is from Education Week.

‘No Child’ waiver creates rift among Fresno education leaders is from The Fresno Bee.

Hundreds of teachers at Fresno Unified meeting protest CORE waiver is from The Fresno Bee.

Teachers union fights new plan by Sacramento and other school districts to address low-performing schools is from The Sacramento Bee.

Fresno teachers union opposes extension of No Child Left Behind waiver is from The Fresno Bee.

Big News! Sacramento Withdraws From NCLB Waiver Granted CORE Districts

Sacramento Makes Correct Decision In Withdrawing From CORE NCLB Waiver

California Districts Seek to Renew NCLB Waiver is from Ed Week.

California’s CORE Districts Faltering On Key Tenets of Waiver, Ed. Dept. Says
is from Education Week. Thankfully, our Sacramento District recently got off that sinking ship.

CORE Districts’ NCLB Waiver Extended, But Placed on “High Risk” Status is from Ed Week.

Control of L.A. school funds at risk in dispute over teacher evaluations is from The L.A. Times.

CORE districts want state waiver to continue their work is from Ed Source.