The Tennessee Department of Education is making some changes to a waiver that would allow the state to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Tennessee asked the federal government for the waiver back in July.
State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says Tennessee had little choice but to ask for relief from the law’s increasingly strict standards for yearly improvement in student test scores. He says that nearly 80% of Tennessee schools will likely fail to meet federal standards in the current school year.
A Middle Tennessean will join Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson and several other celebrities when they pick up awards tomorrow at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
The 2011 National Freedom Awards are being presented this year to civil rights pioneers in several fields, including education, sports, the arts, and activism.
Special awards for what the museum calls “icons” of the American civil rights movement will also be presented. The museum’s Gwen Harmon says Middle Tennessee’s John Seigenthaler will be among seven Icon recipients.