Inslee calls his meeting with education chief productive



SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he had a productive meeting Sunday with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on ways to preserve the state’s waiver on provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The governor said, “There’s a possibility to develop a positive path forward that has a realistic chance of success.”

He says he’ll talk next with state lawmakers and the superintendent of instruction about the state’s options.The federal government has said Washington must require school districts to use student scores on statewide tests in teacher evaluation. The current law does not mandate it, and the state Senate defeated a proposed change to the law last week.

If the state doesn’t comply, the federal government has said it would take away flexibility in how the state spends about $44 million.