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Five More States Get NCLB Waivers
Five more states, including Virginia—a state that did not sign onto the Common Core State Standards Initiative—have received wiggle room from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. The other four states to receive waivers are Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Utah. For those keeping score, that means 24 states have been approved, with 13 still waiting. Virginia's waiver could put to rest the idea that states must adopt the common standards in mathematics and English/language arts in order to get NCLB flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education. Some conservative critics have said the federal government has overstepped its authority by requiring states to adopt college- and career-ready standards to get a waiver, which, they argued essentially forced states to embr...