Heineman Signs School Accountability Bill


Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a bill aimed at keeping schools accountable for low performance scores.

The measure, approved by the governor on Wednesday, will set up an accountability system for schools, giving the State Board of Education the power to designate "priority schools" with low scores. State intervention teams will be sent into those schools.

Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams, a former high school teacher from York, says his bill is designed to help struggling schools, not punish them.

The system is a requirement for getting a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act. The federal law requires that all students show proficiency by this year, an extremely high standard that most schools nationally have struggled to meet.

Most other states have received waivers.