Florida Free From No Child Left Behind
On Thursday, President Barack Obama freed 10 states from the sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving flexibility to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.
The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
However some feel the FCAT just got even more important for students in Florida.
"Schools will now be graded even more heavily on the FCAT, which will impact a teacher's evaluation and will also put even more pressure on the students," said Karen McCann, president of the Alachua County Education Association.
No Child Left Behind was primarily designed to help the nation's at-risk children.
McCann says those are the students who will now suffer the most.
"Funding will be withdrawn for after school programs for students who score one and two levels on the FCAT, and get extra tutoring after school," she said.
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