FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2014
Contact: Josh Collins, 651.582.8205, firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSEVILLE – Today, the U.S. Department of Education approved Minnesota’s application to extend the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind for another year. Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released the following statement:
“We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Education has approved an extension to Minnesota's ESEA Flexibility Waiver. We will continue the work of supporting students, teachers and schools with the better system of accountability that we developed as one of the original states to secure a waiver in 2012.
“Our students, teachers and schools are working harder than ever, and we are seeing results—many of our most struggling schools are showing real progress, and for the first time in decades, we're seeing achievement gaps beginning to narrow. Today's decision allows us to continue toward our waiver's original goal of closing achievement gaps by 50 percent by 2017.”