State Considering ‘NCLB’ Waiver Request

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s top education administrator says the state might seek a waiver in early 2012 to some parts of the No Child Left Behind law.

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told state school board members Wednesday that it is “likely, but not yet determined” that Connecticut will apply, as several other states already have done.

The second round of waiver applications must be submitted to federal officials by mid-February in time to be reviewed next spring.

The Obama administration is letting states request to waive some basic elements of that Bush-era school reform act if they prove their standards are more rigorous and push toward students’ constant improvement.

Pryor said Wednesday they are “framing out the possibility” of seeking a waiver as part of a broader package of reforms and reorganization plans.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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