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Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.More >>
Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the...More >>
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The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing...More >>
The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football,...More >>
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A Smiths Station High School teacher is recovering after a devastating train collision on Monday, July 28.More >>
A Smiths Station High School teacher is recovering after a devastating train collision on Monday, July 28.
Twisted metal, airbags deployed, and personal items scattered everywhere are all that's left of the SUV that Vivian Martin was driving when she crossed the path of a train running parallel to Lee County Road 430.More >>
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -
The state of Alabama now joins 43 other states requesting waivers and flexibility from No Child Left Behind.
The Obama Administration is granting states waivers from the rigid requirements of No Child Left Behind.
This is exactly what local school districts have wanted, from district superintendents down to the teachers who have been under strict requirements from No Child Left Behind for years.
It's been in place since 2002, and states are now joining together to say this does not work for educating students.
No Child Left Behind was based on making every child proficient in math and reading by the year 2014, but many educators argue that it didn't factor in that all children learn differently.
So many schools across the country, not just in the Tennessee Valley, have been slapped with the label of a failing school if one category of students, like special ed students, did not make AYP.
Alabama is one of many states hoping to implement its own education reform and waive out of No Child Left Behind.
"I think we will all take a deep breath and a sigh of relief. We that with some students, it's extremely difficult for them to make AYP and to have that proficiency because of their limitations, so we are going to have the time to focus on what we really need to be focused on and that is growth for all students," said Camille Wright, Madison City Director of Secondary Instruction.
The state superintendent is pushing to implement a plan for Alabama called the 2020 plan.