LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Using historic public education reforms
already well under way as a foundation, the state has submitted its
application asking to be relieved of some requirements under the
federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The Kentucky Department of Education announced in a news release
that Monday was the deadline for states to apply for waivers to
some parts of the Bush-era law.
States were allowed to request waivers of 10 provisions of the
law, which was aimed at closing achievement gaps in public schools
but has been criticized for promoting an atmosphere of "teaching
to the test."
In September, President Barack Obama said states could apply for
relief if they could prove they were taking steps to close gaps,
promote accountability and ensure students graduate ready for
college or the work force.
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