ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Education is among the first group of states to apply for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and other department officials submitted the request to the U.S. Department of Education late Monday.

In a news release, Cassellius calls Minnesota’s application for a new accountability plan “a model that makes sense.”

Minnesota is among the states to apply for the waiver by the first of two deadlines set by the U.S. Department of Education. The first is Monday and the second is in February.

If approved, fewer Minnesota schools would be labeled as failures under the federal definitions while other schools would face fewer sanctions.

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Comments (2)
  1. Murph says:

    NCLB is a GOp fascist creation to deprive children of an education thru the inevitable upward standards that have to stop somewhere and cost teaching jobs and tenure when they do.It is an anti union ponzi scheme of epic proportions and has not value to anyone but Americas enemies,the GOP!

    1. I'm Just Sayin' says:

      Expecting something for the billions of dollars we pour into education is somehow wrong? Expecting the education system to deliver on the promise made to educate our children so they can compete in the world and contribute to society is somehow wrong? Expecting the education system to allow our children to have the promise of a decent future and for them to expand their thinking, bodies, and souls is somehow wrong? The notion that not everyone is created equal, but that we all should strive to be the best that we can just does not ring true in your shallow bitter world, does it Murph? Of course the democrat entrenched education system that has been failing our chilidren for decades and has done nothing but allowed the US to fall farther and farther behind the rest of the world is somehow your idea of ideal. go figure….

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