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Seven states and the District of Columbia were granted multiple year waiver renewals Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education from a number of provisions under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A press release on the Department of Education’s (ED) website says Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia were granted renewals as an effort to provide them with “stability as they continue to work on preparing all students for success in college, careers and life.” These states join Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia, which were granted renewals in March. More renewals are expected in the coming weeks.
“The last six years have seen dramatic progress for America’s school children,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the press release. “The high school dropout rate is down, and graduation rates are higher than they have ever been. As a result of our partnerships with state and district leaders to couple flexibility with reform, we are seeing remarkable strides and bold actions to improve student outcomes.”
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