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Hofmeister Hopeful for Repeal of No Child Left Behind


State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says she is hopeful Congress will repeal No Child Left Behind. She says repealing the massive federal education law would give states much more autonomy in identifying failing schools.

If the law is repealed, Hofmeister says the state would use the A through F report card system to identify failing schools in Oklahoma.

"Now, we are at a time in our state's history, that we recognize we have work to do to make a stronger accountability system for our schools."

Hofmeister recently called the A through F system broken and inaccurate, but researchers from OU and OSU are studying the system and making recommendations to fix it. Those are due to the legislature in December.

No Child Left Behind has been credited with ensuring states don't let their neediest students fall through the cracks. But Hofmeister says it has robbed schools of flexibility in solving their own problems.

Emily Wendler was KOSU's education reporter from 2015 to 2019.
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