Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that 3 more states would be given grants to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of their own school improvement proposals.
The addition of Alaska, Hawaii, and West Virginia raises to 37 the number of states working outside the Bush-era legislation, along with the District of Columbia. Eight additional states are waiting to hear about their requests to grant permission, which would further dismantle the federal education improvement from coast to coast.
No Child Left Behind, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Law, came up for renewal in 2007 and its requirements were not yet updated.
Duncan has pushed legislators to revisit the law and make changes to accommodate challenges officials did not expect when they first passed the proposal on a bipartisan basis in 2001.