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Illinois School Superintendent Says DOE Resisting State Flexibility

Sep 26, 2016

Credit Dept. of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education is drafting a plan to implement the federal law that’s replacing No Child Left Behind. Educators have hailed the flexibility in the Every Child Succeeds Act.

But Illinois state superintendent Tony Smith says the federal Department of Education is undermining the law's intent by writing regulations that limit that flexibility.

“The Department is continuing to legislate No Child Left Behind, and take an approach that really deeply distrusts states," Smith said.

Smith recently wrote a column in U.S. News and World Report criticizing federal education officials for micro-managing state agencies.