MDE Will Share Plan for Waiver Application


MDE is currently holding town hall meetings to inform parents and other community members about the U.S. Department of Education’s waiver process for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  This process gives states flexibility regarding NCLB requirements in exchange for “rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.”  MDE officials will share the department’s plan for applying for the waiver during these meetings.The next meeting will be held in Oxford on Monday, December 5th at the Conference Center on 102 Ed Perry Blvd. There will be a 3 PM meeting for educators, followed by a 6 PM for parents and community members.  To register, go to and click on “2011-2012 workshops” on the right hand side. Then when you see the ugly color-coded boxes, click on the one that says “Mississippi Department of Education.”

Town hall meetings will also be held in the following cities

  • Tuesday, December 6th in Cleveland – Delta State University Jobe Hall, 201 5th Avenue
  • Tuesday, December 13th in Pearl – Hinds Community College Muse Center, 515 Country Place Parkway

What ends up in Mississippi’s waiver is VERY important, but it is highly unlikely that many people outside of MDE will have any clue that it is even being drafted, let alone open for public comment. Please go to this meeting and show that there is interest.


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