SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California is planning to join the 37 other states that have sought relief from the most strenuous requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind education law. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to ask the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from certain achievement requirements set by the Bush-era law, which expects every child to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014. Eleven states already have been excused from meeting that target, and another 27 have applied. But California is asking for the same latitude while also begging off some of the conditions the Obama administration has set for granting the relief. Under the proposal approved by the state school board, for example, the state would not have to implement a teacher and principal evaluation system to be eligible for the waiver. School officials say they don’t have the money.
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