WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department says Tuesday that 11states have sought a waiver around unpopular proficiency
requirements in the No Child Left Behind education law.
Monday was the deadline for the first round of applications, but
a majority of states are expected to apply in future rounds.
President Barack Obama said in September that states that do
certain things such as develop better teacher evaluation systems
can apply for waivers around some requirements in No Child Left
Behind. The first waivers are expected to be granted early next
year. Critics have said the law it too rigid and sets unrealistic
The states that applied this week are Colorado, Florida,
Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey,
New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee.