No Child Left Behind: Bay Area Seeks Waiver


SAN FRANCISCO—Officials from school districts in both San Francisco and Oakland have applied for exemption from the educational restrictions of the nationwide “No Child Left Behind” Act.

No Child Left Behind
The act has met resistance from education professionals uncomfortable with the law’s restrictions.

No Child Left Behind is a piece of federal legislation proposed by President George W. Bush and approved by Congress in 2001. The act requires schools to put students through standardized testing that directly effects the institution’s funding.

In addition to the Bay Area districts looking to earn exemption from the act, schools from Long Beach, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles are applying for a waiver.

The California Office to Reform Education has already successfully applied for exemption from No Child Left Behind. Should the district succeed in their current efforts, they would receive a three-year extension on a waiver first awarded in 2013.