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Duncan rewrites education reform while Congress skips class

Larry Downing / Reuters

From Michigan to Kansas to Tennessee, states have been begging for a reprieve from the tough grading in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. On Aug. 8, Education Secretary Arne Duncan responded, announcing that states willing to adopt Administration-backed reforms can apply for waivers from the law's central benchmarking standards and sanctions. In exchange for actions such as tackling achievement gaps, improving the lowest-performing schools and crafting "meaningful" teacher-evaluation systems, the Department of Education plans to waive the 2014 deadline for all students to be proficient in math and reading. Further details of the plan and applications for the waivers...

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