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State To Seek No Child Waiver

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Elementary school students' artwork on display at Middletown Board of Education offices.  File photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Elementary school students’ artwork on display at Middletown Board of Education offices. File photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut has decided to seek a waiver from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law and is asking school districts, education activists, parents and others for their input.

The state Department of Education says in an announcement on its website that it will submit the request by Feb. 21 for relief from some mandates in the Bush-era school reform act.

The Obama administration is letting states seek waivers from some provisions if they prove their standards are more rigorous and push toward students’ constant improvement.

Eleven states applied last fall, and several others have said they plan to apply before the February deadline.

Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor is expected to update the state Board of Education on the waiver request at its meeting Wednesday in Hartford.

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