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No Child Left Behind waiver could get money, time back in classrooms

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State education officials announced Monday that New York will join 39 other states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in seeking relief from some parts of the federal 'No Child Left Behind' law.

The Obama administration announced in August that states could apply for waivers that would mean--among other things--that tests would not have to show 100% student proficiency in math and English by 2014.

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Nora Flaherty
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Officials say New York already meets many of the requirements to get the waiver, and it’s working on getting the rest in line.

The accountability requirements for No Child Left Behind have been a hot-button issue ever since the law was put into effect in 2002—to many, they seemed like a top-down solution that glossed over a whole range of local issues.

But will a waiver easing those requirements make a big difference locally? Nora Flaherty spoke with Jennifer French, senior supervisor of school improvement for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES:  

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