IOWA SCHOOLS: Waiver Denied

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Craig Menozzi is worried. He's been educating students for more than 30 years. But the South East Polk superintendent says there's just no way 100 percent of his students - can pass the No Child Left Behind standards.

Stacy Hupp says Iowa's standards would have focused on rewarding schools for progress, rather than punishing them for not meeting standards.

But iowa's wavier was denied. Meaning, next year, 95 percent of students have to pass a math and reading test. If they don't, the school will be put on a "watch list".

But Menozzi doesn't want parents to worry. He says the wavier denial shouldn't reflect poorly on Iowa schools. He says, it just means, teachers and districts need to teach smarter.


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