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Report: Florida to get NCLB waiver



The Associated Press is reporting that Florida is one of 10 states that will gain an exemption from many of the facets of the No Child Left Behind Act. 

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned. 

The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it,New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the states had not yet been announced. A total of 28 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have signaled that they, too, plan to seek waivers — a sign of just how vast the law's burdens have become as a big deadline nears.

Florida officials have said they want the waiver to eliminate confusion caused when schools perform well in the state's accountability measure but then fare poorly in the federal adequate yearly progress model. See all the related documents here

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:50pm]


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