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Washington approved for No Child Left Behind flexibility

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WASHINGTON -  The Obama administration approved Washington and Wisconsin Friday for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. 

The announcement brings the number of states to 26 that have been approved for waivers from NCLB, whose rigid, top-down prescriptions for reform, while well-intentioned, proved burdensome for many states. 

Federal education law has been due for congressional reauthorization since 2007.  In the face of congressional inaction, President Obama announced in September of 2011 that the Obama Administration would grant waivers from NCLB to qualified states. 

The first requests for waivers were granted in February of 2012.  Eleven additional requests are still under review, and there is still time for other states to apply.