9/8/2011 Assistant State Superintendent of Public EducationKerri White2500 N. Lincoln BoulevardOklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105CC: Oklahoma State Superintendent Dr. Janet BarresiCC: Honorable Governor Mary FallinDear Superintendent White:The Board of Directors of Restore Oklahoma Public Education and Iare writing to request that no effort be made by Oklahoma to obtainan NCLB waiver. After much study
the report of which is attached to thiscommunication
we have elucidated a number of concerns:
Numerous sources indicate the NCLB waiver being offered bythe Federal Department of Education will force state officialsto agree to criteria not yet stipulated - consensus belief is thatstates will have to embrace an all-or-nothing package of reforms (to include the Common Core State Standards
theimplementation of which we seek to repeal) from theDepartment in exchange for NCLB relief.
a clear violation of the rule of law and the nation’s
system of government.
their children’s education.
Much concern has come to bear on the legality of Secretary
Duncan’s ability to move around Congress and issue waivers
the Center on Education Policy indicates that this
A Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll taken last year found that of
1008 people surveyed, the vast majority believe stategovernment is the responsible party for public education in theUS and that less than one in four Americans believe NCLB hashelped their local schools.
esore Oklahoma Public Education
P.O. Box 20146Oklahoma City, OK 73156President:Jenni WhiteBoard Members:Lynn HabluetzelDanna ForemanJo JoyceStacy WillisJulia Seay