Three more states have received waivers from the U.S. Department of Education to free them from many of the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era federal education law.
Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia join 37 other states and D.C. in getting relief from No Child Left Behind, in exchange for agreeing to make changes in education policy endorsed by the Obama administration. The states have agreed to prepare students for college and career, better focus aid on the neediest students and boost effective teaching and school leadership, according to the administration.
Eight other states, in addition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Puerto Rico, have also requested waivers and are waiting for a decision. They are Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.
The three states that have not yet requested waivers are California, Montana and Nebraska. Two states - North Dakota and Vermont - sought waivers but then withdrew their requests.