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State looking for input on NCLB alternative

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) South Carolina state school officials are looking for public input on a plan to replace the controversial "No Child Left Behind" Act

The South Carolina Superintendent's Office is unveiling their new plan to parents, teachers and school district officials in a series of meetings in January.

The plan, which would act as an alternative to federal guidelines while still allowing state schools to receive federal funding, would also make several major changes to the way schools and students are evaluated.

At a meeting at Conway High School Wednesday night, Officials from the state Superintendent's office said their new plan would grade schools on a letter grade range from A to F as opposed to a simple "pass-fail" evaluation.

Deputy Superintendent Nancy Busbee says Another key component of the superintendent's plan is to cut down on the amount of paperwork teachers and schools must fill out when reporting on student progress.

"We ask ‘how can we reduce the burdens on teachers and schools in the reporting requirements," Busbee says.

But Horry County School District Public Information Teal Britton says many school district employees worry about how the state will implement the plan.

"Some of the concerns I think we have, which have been documented by other educational associations is really just a lack of information," Britton says.

Horry County School Board member Terry Hardee, who says he has three school age daughters and teacher for a wife, tells WMBF News he hopes the criteria the state uses to evaluate student progress is the right one.

"The weighed calculations [the state] has came up with [for] a, b, c, d results, I think that's going to be critical" Hardee says.

For a full list of where and when The School Board plans on meeting and where, check out the following link: http://ed.sc.gov/agency/lpa/ESEAFlexibility.cfm

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