Utah No Child left Behind waiver not yet approved

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:19 PM


SALT LAKE CITY-- State education officials say they're still waiting to hear back about Utah's application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law after it wasn't accepted in the latest round of approvals.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday that he has approved waivers for eight more states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.

The Obama administration is granting waivers in exchange for promises from states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. In all, 19 states have been given waivers so far.

Officials say 26 states and Washington, D.C., applied for flexibility. The remaining applicants can still receive waivers.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah is seeking "state solutions for state problems."

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