A new flexibility will make it easier for schools to meet the provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. The New York Times reports:
Tomorrow, the Education Department will announce policies relaxing a requirement that says teachers must have a degree or otherwise certify themselves in every subject they teach, (Education Secretary Rod) Paige said in an interview on Friday. Officials are also preparing to offer new flexibility on regulations governing required participation rates on standardized tests, he said.
Those changes would follow the recent relaxation of regulations governing the testing of special education students and those who speak limited English.
Republican governors and legislators have been complaining that the teacher certification rules are impossible for small schools in rural areas.