- The U.S. Department of Education waived Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia from requirements associated with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law Monday.
- To date, 37 states and the District of Columbia are waived from the law, with eight more states, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education still waiting for approval on their requests.
- States requesting waivers must show the Education Department that they have their own plans to reform education in their state, but if Congress updates the No Child Left Behind law, all states waived would be forced to return to it.
From the article:
... "A strong, bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act remains the best path forward in education reform, but as these states have demonstrated, our kids can't wait any longer for Congress to act," Duncan said. ...