Va., Md. May Ask for No Child Waiver

August 9, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — School leaders in Virginia and Maryland said they are likely to seek exemptions for the most stringent requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law after an announcement Monday that the Obama administration will offer flexibility to states willing to modernize their accountability systems.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan is exercising rarely used executive authority by inviting states to apply for legal waivers. The move comes after efforts to update the federal law stalled in Congress this year, frustrating educators across the country.  “I applaud the secretary for recognizing that relief is necessary” said Patricia L. Wright, Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction.

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