Arizona gets temporary waiver for ‘No Child Left Behind’

| August 12, 2015

By Jamie Cochran • Cronkite News • Tucson Sentinel

Arizona was one of seven states granted a temporary waiver (on Aug. 6) by the U.S. Department of Education from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Federal officials said the decision to grant a one-year “flexibility request,” a renewal of a previous waiver, was done to let Arizona “continue implementing its plans to promote innovative locally tailored strategies” to help students, close achievement gaps and improve teaching, among other goals.

A state official welcomed Thursday’s announcement.

“I think flexibility from the onerous requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is important,” said Charles Tack, referring to the formal name of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Tack, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Education, said there are “some expectations within that piece of legislation that would deleteriously impact our schools if they were kept in place.”

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