Colorado School Board – Yes, Attorney General’s Office – No on PARCC Waivers

colorado-state-flagAn interesting story out of Colorado. The Colorado State School Board voted 4-3 to allow schools to seek waivers from administering the first part of the PARCC assessments.  Which could open up some legal battles as Colorado’s Commissioner for Education stated he won’t do since an Assistant Attorney General in a legal opinion said the board doesn’t have that authority.

Chalkbeat Colorado reports:

The board Thursday voted 4-3 to allow school districts to seek waivers from administering the first part of PARCC tests in language arts and math, scheduled to be given in March.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Tony Dyl told the board it doesn’t have the authority to do that, and Education Commissioner Robert Hammond said he wouldn’t grant such waivers unless told he could do so by the attorney general’s office.

“Should this motion pass it probably wouldn’t have legal effect,” Dyl told the board before the vote. “This is a part of the law you do not have the power to waive.”

Hammond told the board, “If you pass this motion I will not implement it until I get guidance from the attorney general’s office. … It could have widespread implications on schools.”

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