Victory for paraprofessionals!

In a huge victory, the deadline for paraprofessionals to meet the "highly qualified" requirements of the so-called No Child Left Behind Act has been extended from January 8, 2006, to the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

The extension, long sought by NEA, was made public in a letter to Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) from Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon.  The letter is posted at:

As a result of the change, the timeline for paraprofessionals working in Title I schools will be the same as that of teachers.