Texas to Apply for No Child Left Behind Waiver

In one of his first acts as education commissioner, Michael Williams sent a letter to school districts on Thursday announcing that the state would join the more than 30 others that have already asked for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act

But unlike the other states, Texas is appealing under U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's general authority to waive federal requirements rather than under a specific waiver Duncan began offering states last year. State officials have resisted applying for the second type of waiver, saying the strings attached — like the requirement that ...

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